# What is the meaning of "wonder if perhaps" in this context?

This is the context:

Once there is a limitation (from a self-referential paradox or in any other way), it is not hard to find other limitations by looking at reductions. One limitation can piggyback on another. In fact, a careful reading of chapter 6 and of section 9.3 will demonstrate that only one problem was shown to be computationally unsolvable: the Halting Problem. All the other problems were simply shown to be reductions of the Halting Problem. From a single limitation, one can go on to build an entire edifice of limitations. We wonder if perhaps every type of limitation somehow comes from some form of self-referential limitation or a reduction from such a limitation.

Source: The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us

What is the meaning of "wonder if perhaps" in this context? I have trouble understanding this, because "if" and "perhaps" is in the sentence consecutively.

My take of it: "We are curious to know whether it is possible that the origins of every type of limitation are some form of self-referential limitation or a reduction from such a limitation."

• It's just a "toned down, hedged" alternative to We think. To my mind, with no particular implications for how strongly we hold this belief - it's just standard practice in such contexts to advance opinions tentatively. Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 17:23
• @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica So we can exchange "we wonder if perhaps" with "we think" or "to me". Is that correct? Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 17:55
• Actually, it's highly unlikely your relatively "upmarket, hi-falutin" writers here would ever actually use the words we think in such a context. But I'm not trying to teach you how to actually write in this relatively dense / obscure / academic style. It's bad enough when competent native speakers write like this, but trying to do it convincingly in a foreign language would be a hopeless task for most learners. Commented Jan 27, 2020 at 18:08