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    #1

    Unambiguity

    By 1876 he [Nietzsche] also found himself increasingly estranged from the newly fashionable alternatives to the tradition that its critics and rivals had been touting, including his erstwhile idols and mentors Arthur Schopenhauer and Wagner.

    Does this sentence sound completely unambiguous?
    I'm asking this question because, at first glance (my first glance), it might seem that critics and rivals had been touting [before they turned into critics and rivals] the tradition and not the newly fashionable alternatives.

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    Re: Unambiguity

    It's not unambiguous.

    If I had to guess, I would say that "alternatives to the tradition" is what critics and rivals touted and what he rebelled against.

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    Re: Unambiguity

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's not unambiguous.

    If I had to guess, I would say that "alternatives to the tradition" is what critics and rivals touted and what he rebelled against.
    Can the "alternatives to the tradition" be substituted with "it" then?

    ...from the newly fashionable alternatives to the tradition that its critics and rivals...

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    Re: Unambiguity

    Sure.

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    #5

    Re: Unambiguity

    May I ask you more of a logical question in this case?

    Why would critics and rivals of the alternatives to the tradition tout the very alternatives to the tradition?

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    Re: Unambiguity

    I don't know. It's a confusing sentence. "Critics" can tout things, they do not have to be opposed. Rivals, I would think would not praise something, but they would still give attention to it.

    Or maybe I have not read the sentence right.

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