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What is the best single word to capture the phrase "attempt to discover", as in "attempting to discover the principles of infinite ethics"

  • Well, "search for" is only two words. – Hot Licks Feb 16 '16 at 21:02
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How about seek (one word)

to attempt to discover the principles of infinite ethics
to seek the principles of infinite ethics

I don't really know what to picture for "principles of infinite ethics". Other options could be

to investigate the principles of infinite ethics
to search for the principles of infinite ethics

  • Or maybe explore. – bib Feb 16 '16 at 21:16
  • I don't know what to picture for "principles of infinite ethics". Do they necessarily exist? Are these principles something that is waiting to be discovered, or are they something that can't really be discovered, or only be discovered imperfectly/partially? attempt to discover seems to suggest the former, in which case seek (or quest for) seems like a perfect choice, even if these principles don't (or can't) exist. In the latter case, investigate or research seem more appropriate, but only if we know they have to exist and can be discovered partially. – Earthliŋ Feb 16 '16 at 21:23
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One might pursue the principles of infinite ethics.

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