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NewAmerica

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What is the antecedent of "that" in "what these terms could signify that..."? It seems to me "what" is the antecedent. But I am not sure.

Thanks in advance

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While they will acknowledge that we habitually speak and act as if there were a continuum of experience that can be described by words like “misery,” “terror,” “agony,” “madness,” etc., on one end and “well-being,” “happiness,” “peace,” “bliss,” etc., on the other, when the conversation turns to philosophical and scientific matters, such people will say learned things like, “but, of course, that is just how we play our particular language game. It doesn’t mean there is a difference in reality.” <...> They also use words like “love” and “happiness,” from time to time, but we should wonder what these terms could signify that does not entail a preference for the Good Life over the Bad Life. Anyone who claims to see no difference between these two states of being (and their concomitant worlds), should be just as likely to consign himself and those he “loves” to one or the other at random and call the result “happiness.”

-Sam Harris (The Moral Landscape Page 18)
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    They also use words like “love” and “happiness,” from time to time,
    but we should wonder
    what these terms could signify
    that [= which] does not entail a preference for the Good Life over the Bad Life.

    The last line is a clause qualifying/describing the one in the previous line.
     

    NewAmerica

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    Mandarin
    They also use words like “love” and “happiness,” from time to time,
    but we should wonder
    what these terms could signify
    that [= which] does not entail a preference for the Good Life over the Bad Life.

    The last line is a clause qualifying/describing the one in the previous line.
    That is, what = (that [= which] does not entail a preference for the Good Life over the Bad Life)?
     

    PaulQ

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    English - England
    Or to put it another way: what (that does not entail a preference for the Good Life over the Bad Life) these terms could signify.
     
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