I am writing this article and my primary purpose/intention is to introduce the question that I am introducing, but the article develops so far as to suggest an answer to it. To show this point, what adverb is the best in the following sentence?
This paper is … an attempt to introduce the question, but it goes so
far as to suggest an answer to it.
The options that, after my research, I came up with as the best ones are as follows in order of preference:
1. basically 2. in the first place 3. primarily
Which one is the best option. Each seems to me of a bit of ambiguity in this context. Besides, other suggestion as to the structure of the sentence are welcomed as well (maybe what I want to say can be said in a better way).