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“The work itself pertains to the Socialistic school, and, substantially, to the Fourieristic section of that school. According to it, the human race began its career in ignorance and weakness, and established a false system of civilization.” Não é a primeira vez que me ocorre isso. O sujeito it esta fazendo menção à work, socialistic school ouvà Fourieristic section?

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PPAULO 6 48 1.1k
According to it (the Fourieristic section of that school - if you think of the subject that is immediately nearby, so by the rule of proximity.
But then you can think of "the work itself" as being "it", because it is the most important idea.
In this case, my pick would be "the work" (meaning "it").
It´s one of those English writings that are bound to leave the reader scratching his head, but then, let´s hold our horses a bit, for a while.
The text reads “The work itself pertains to the Socialistic school, and, substantially, to the Fourieristic section of that school. According to it, the human race began its career in ignorance and weakness,* and established a false system of civilization.

So, we know that "the work" (the paper/the study/the research, etc...) substantially - that is - basically to the Fourieristic section of that school.
If the work is based primarily/in essence/firstly/mostly on the thinking of that section of the school, this changes everything.
Then our pick changes as well, "it" is now "“to the Fourieristic section of that school.”.

The same goes to the statement:
the human race began its career in ignorance and weakness,* and established a false system of civilization.
According to "it" the "work" or "that section of the Fourieristic section of that school?"
Certainly it meant "according to" the latter, I don´t think the student has brought that idea on his own (he/she even could) but certainly he or she is "taking sides", making a citation and then explaining what was the thought of that school of thinking.
I thought that way but I think the another line of thinking is correct too. The best way to discover the correct asnwer is know both the work and the foueristic theory, is it?
PPAULO 6 48 1.1k
Indeed if you know the foueristic theory, you know what the work is about, at least the core of it.
So, to my thinking if "the work pertains substantially to that school" I am inclined to think "it" means the foueristic school. It´s more likely.