Can everything be explained (whether scientifically or not)?

Here's why one might think that the answer to the latter question is "no."

- Nothing can explain itself. [
*explanandum*≠*explanans*] - If X explains Y, then one could ask what explains X.
- If Z explains X, then one could ask what explains Z.
- ...and so on,
*ad infinitum*. - The chain of explanation is either infinite or finite.
- If the chain of explanation is infinite, then there must be something that remains unexplained (since we cannot provide explanations
*ad infinitum*). - If the chain of explanation is finite, then it stops at some arbitrary point, thus leaving every subsequent point in the chain of explanation dependent on a point that cannot explain its successor.
- (Therefore) Either way, there must be something that remains unexplained.

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