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Unformatted text preview: versions fill in the variables X and Y in different ways. Third, there are a number of different conceptions of "cause/effect" that are employed in the arguments. These conceptions of causation vary in two different ways. Consequently, there are four different dimensions of variability to consider. The various arguments that result are not necessarily incompatible. It is quite possible that there are a number of different cosmological arguments, each valid, and all converging on compatible and complementary results. Most philosophers will champion one or another of the arguments as the best or most fundamental, but we shouldn't be too quick to assume that there is only one form on which all the others depend....
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