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    if not

    Hello everyone

    I'd like to ask about the meaning of "if not" in the following context:

    Economics emerged as an attempt to accomplish a rationalization of human action, an enterprise dating back to Hobbes and Hume. Both aimed at finding the reasonable core behind the apparently irrational and unreasonable social hierarchies and customs, if not as consistently as economics did a couple of centuries later.

    Does "if not" mean "although" in this case?


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    Re: if not

    Both aimed at finding..., even if not as consistently as economics did...

    Does that make it clearer?

    There is a subtle difference, then, between 'even if not as...", and 'although not as..."

    Can you detect it?

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    Re: if not

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Both aimed at finding..., even if not as consistently as economics did...

    Does that make it clearer?

    There is a subtle difference, then, between 'even if not as...", and 'although not as..."

    Can you detect it?
    Thank you very much, David. Adding of "even" makes the sentence absolutely clear.

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