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Also, in moral inquiry there do not seem to be acknowledged experts, progress, or accumulation of knowledge, in contrast with what happens in other domains of inquiry".

Should I rather say "there seem not to be" or sth like that? Besides, do you think that the comma before "or accumulation" is correct, or should I take it out?

Best,

Sextus
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Hi,

Also, in moral inquiry there do not seem to be acknowledged experts, progress, or accumulation of knowledge, in contrast with what happens in other domains of inquiry".

Should I rather say "there seem not to be" ....? You could say this, but it adds high style and a touch of whimsy, and would distract attention from your argument, so I suggest you don't. You could turn it around and say '... there seem to be no acknowledged experts, no progress and no accumulation of knowledge..... Perhaps that might add more emphasis to the lack of these things? It also makes the scope of reference of 'acknowledged' clearer.

.. do you think that the comma before "or accumulation" is correct, or should I take it out? This is a 'negative Oxford comma'? I think you know I don't like them! Take the abomination out! (If you want to.) If you are worried about the scope of the last phrase, you could move it to the front, ie "Also, in moral inquiry, in contrast with (what happens in) other domains of inquiry, there do not seem to be acknowledged experts, progress, or accumulation of knowledge."

Is it necessary to say ... what happens in ...?

Best wishes, Clive
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Clive, many thanks for your suggestions, which I find very useful.

Sextus