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Is the B-theory of time only compatible with an infinitely renewing cyclical reality?

No, an infinite sequence of events need not repeat, just as an infinite series of numbers need not repeat (e.g. the digits of pi). Your infinitely long rope example is obviously flawed, because we ...
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What happened to the science of wisdom?

The author of the second quote refers to three distinct time periods. Indeed, in ancient times 'philosophy' was a name given to pursuit of theoretical knowledge, episteme, as such. It would be ...
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What happened to the science of wisdom?

You make it out as though philosophers used to deal in wisdom and this has stopped recently. Real philosophy has always happened "by mistake" (Of course exceptions prove the rule). In ...
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What happened to the science of wisdom?

Philosophy has merely evolved. The professional discipline we now know as philosophy is not the whole of philosophy. Philosophy was the pursuit of understanding. Many of those understandings have ...
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Is the B-theory of time only compatible with an infinitely renewing cyclical reality?

While the other answers are very good, I disagree with some parts of them. I think it's worth focusing on this sentence: If time is infinite, it seems that an infinite sequence of events, including ...
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Is the B-theory of time only compatible with an infinitely renewing cyclical reality?

The interpetation of time as either "A" (all the physical stuff exists now in a 3-dimensional space, there is no actual representation of a "time axis", and everything moves around ...
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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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Is the B-theory of time only compatible with an infinitely renewing cyclical reality?

Is it mathematically plausible for an event to occur for the first time after an infinite interval has passed? Yes. Since we're talking about mathematics, not physics, consider an altogether ...
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Is there any reference about critical rationalism with respect to historiography?

Critical rationalist historiography would involve treating historical controversies and refutations. Popper wrote a lot of that kind of material. There is a lot of material like that in "The open ...
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