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alibey1917
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2021 3:35:05 PM

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"The great economist’s 1991 book The Rhetoric of Reaction critiques reactionary thought, and one can imagine Hirschman analyzing arguments made by Thiel and others through the lenses of perversity, futility, and jeopardy, which he identifies as the argumentative methods of reactionaries." (Ethan Zuckerman, Mistrust: Why Losing Faith In Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them)

Which one does the emphasized clause refer to, "the lenses" or "arguments"?
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2021 5:48:01 PM

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alibey1917 wrote:
"The great economist’s 1991 book The Rhetoric of Reaction critiques reactionary thought, and one can imagine Hirschman analyzing arguments made by Thiel and others through the lenses of perversity, futility, and jeopardy, which he identifies as the argumentative methods of reactionaries." (Ethan Zuckerman, Mistrust: Why Losing Faith In Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them)

Which one does the emphasized clause refer to, "the lenses" or "arguments"?


If I understand you correctly, the clause is referring to the "arguments". The "lenses" are simply the points of view through which the arguments are criticized.
alibey1917
Posted: Monday, March 29, 2021 1:18:45 AM

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FounDit yazdı:
alibey1917 yazdı:
"The great economist’s 1991 book The Rhetoric of Reaction critiques reactionary thought, and one can imagine Hirschman analyzing arguments made by Thiel and others through the lenses of perversity, futility, and jeopardy, which he identifies as the argumentative methods of reactionaries." (Ethan Zuckerman, Mistrust: Why Losing Faith In Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them)

Which one does the emphasized clause refer to, "the lenses" or "arguments"?


If I understand you correctly, the clause is referring to the "arguments". The "lenses" are simply the points of view through which the arguments are criticized.


Thank you, FounDit, I got it.
Bathcoup
Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 6:29:37 PM
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A ridiculous sentence!
I often see badly structured sentences. The author seems to believe that distance between the relative clause and the noun or noun phrase it modifies is a measure of their mastery of English.
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