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    resist as

    Again from the Harvard open course "Justice":
    "And when I act out of duty, when I resist as my motive for acting, inclinations or self-interest, even sympathy and altruism, only then am I acting freely, only then am I acting autonomously, only then is my will not determined or governed by external considerations thatís the link between Kantís idea of freedom and morality. "

    I don't see how "as' is needed here ? Is the sentence grammatical?

    Thank you

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    Re: resist as

    It's fine as it is. It would be meaningless without "as".

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    Re: resist as

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's fine as it is. It would be meaningless without "as".
    But I think "resist" is a transitive verb, and it should be followed by an object which is my motive in this case .

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    #4

    Re: resist as

    Does it help you to understand if we put a comma after "resist"? "...I resist, as my motive for acting, inclinations of self interest..."

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    #5

    Re: resist as

    Or even using brackets "... I resist (as my motive for acting), inclinations of self-interest ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: resist as

    May I take 'as' to mean 'because of' in this context?

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    Re: resist as

    No. It's more like "by means of" or "acting as".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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