Since earning his PhD from Rutgers in 1999, Schaffer has published 56 papers. He wrote his dissertation - "Causation and the Probabilities of Processes" - under Brian McLaughin. David Lewis served as outside examiner. In 2000, he accepted a position as assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts, earning tenure by 2004.
In 2007, Schaffer accepted a permanent research position at the Australian National University. He subsequently won awards for two papers published that year, the American Philosophical Association's 2008 Article Prize, for "Knowing the Answer" in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy's 2008 Best Paper Award, for "From Nihilism to Monism".
- Truthmaker Commitments
- Truth and Fundamentality: On Merrick's Truth and Ontology
- Monism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- From Nihilism to Monism
- Quiddistic Knowledge
- Of Ghostly and Mechanical Events
- Two Conceptions of Sparse Properties
- Is There a Fundamental Level?
- The Problem of Free Mass: Must Properties Cluster?
- The Individuation of Tropes
- The Irrelevance of the Subject: Against Subject-Sensitive Invariantism
- Knowing the Answer
- Closure, Contrast, and Answer
- From Contextualism to Contrastivism
- Perceptual Knowledge Derailed
- Skepticism, Contextualism, and Discrimination
- Knowledge, Relevant Alternatives, and Missed Clues
- Deterministic Chance?
- Review of Dowe and Noordhof's Cause and Chance: Causation in an Indeterministic World
- Contrastive Causation
- Counterfactuals, Causal Independence, and Conceptual Circularity
- Causes Need Not be Physically Connected to their Effects: The Case for Negative Causation
- Principled Chances
- The Metaphysics of Causation (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- Overdetermining Causes
- Review of Dowe's Physical Causation
- Causation, Influence, and Effluence
- Causes as Probability-Raisers of Processes
- Causation by Disconnection
- Overlappings: Probability-Raising without Causation
- Trumping Preemption
- Shaffer's CV[dead link]
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- "Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Jonathan Schaffer to ANU". Leiterreports.typepad.com. 2007-03-26. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- Schaffer's Awards[dead link]
- "Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog: Rutgers Raids the ANU: Schaffer, Schellenberg to New Brunswick in 2011". Leiterreports.typepad.com. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
- Schaffer's Papers[dead link]