However, rather than undermine its epistemic value, the intentional character of testimony is arguably essential to this value.

Shouldn't it be "undermining" or "undermine"? As it is after "than", I believe the verb should be either an -ing form or a to-be form. Or, can it be a bare infinitive as well?

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    The "rather than" construction freely takes bare infinitival and gerund-participial clauses as complement, so both your examples are fine. The expression "rather than undermine its epistemic value" is an adjunct with the adverb "rather" as head. – BillJ Dec 12 '18 at 19:18
  • @BillJ Is to-be form acceptable as well? – Sasan Dec 12 '18 at 20:08
  • Yes, but it would not be natural. – BillJ Dec 13 '18 at 8:04

It is correct using both "undermine" and "undermining" since both create valid valid verb phrases that serve as objects of the preposition, rather than. I believe "to undermine" would be correct as well, but it sounds "too wordy" when using undermine in this form is also considered an infinitive.

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