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Are explanations entailments?

You ask: Are explanations entailments? No, but may involve them. We can look to an explanation offered by W.H. Newton-Smith of why explanation may rely on entailment, but is not entailment itself. ...
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Are explanations entailments?

Explanations are not entailments. For example - “Wind blows because fan is running.” Why wind is blowing can be explained by the fan’s motion but blowing wind does not necessarily entail a fan.
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Are explanations entailments?

If you are talking at such a very general level, then an explanation is just any more or less valid or reasonable response to a "why" or "how" question. If we generalize over all ...
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Are explanations entailments?

An explanation definitely is an argument i.e. the explanans (that which is explained) is entailed by the explanandum (that which explains). The difference between an explanation and an argument is the ...
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Are explanations entailments?

I would say that explanation involves consideration of entailment, absolutely, but that does not mean that one system (X) entails another (Y), as in, if you have X, then you have Y, necessarily. (If ...
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Do things that always existed require less explanation than things that do?

I propose to interpret your opening question as: Do things that exist at all times t <= t1, where t1 is any time the thing exists, require less explanation than other things? "What does the ...
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What type of reasoning is this? Abduction, inference to the best explanation, induction?

Solipsism says that my mind created other people and controls their behavior. this explanation offers the smallest number of entities and therefore is ontologically the simplest. No, it has the same ...
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