Consider these three sentences:
(1) "I sidestep debates about the nature of virtues and merely presume that virtues are character traits and skills that promote the epistemic ends of debate and discussion"
(2) "I have argued that dogs are great pets"
(3) "I have suggested that dogs are great pets"
Can you paraphrase the sentences as follows without stepping out of bounds semantically?
(1P) " virtues are character traits and skills that promote the epistemic ends of debate and discussion"
(2P) "dogs are great pets"
(3P) "dogs are great pets"
In the case of (2) and (3), I'll constantly see an author say "I have argued" or "I have suggested". I'm curious if you can strip away the preamble and just give the assertion; it's taken for granted that the author is asserting it, though you lose the distinction between whether the author "argued" vs. "asserted" vs. "suggested" the thing in question.
As for (1), I'm not sure; not sure how much license a paraphraser has to strip away the preamble when the preamble is saying "all debates on X aside, I'll merely presume Y".