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The Moral Foundation of Politics by Ian Shapiro

Can someone explain what does this part:

as distinct from what their bases in reason may or may not be alleged to be.

means? I don't understand what does "what" belongs to. I have two variants:

1 - what their bases in reason may or may not be

2 - what their bases in reason alleged to be

But in either case I don't understand the full meaning of the sentence. If my question is not clear please ask me to make it more clear.

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Your phrase (2) doesn't make sense. What something is alleged to be means what people claim that it is. So the meaning of the passage that puzzles you is:

as distinct from what people may or may not claim that their bases in reason are.

their referring to identification and commitment (I think! It's quite a difficult sentence even for a native speaker to follow).

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  • I see it does fit to the context. Thank you very much. – Abbas Mübariz May 15 '20 at 11:05

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