The Celibate by Michael Arditti

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Arcadia Books
ISBN: 978-1906413224


SOURCE FROM: Library Collection

Minet Library –



As the author, as to and through his main character conveyed a significant insight about all manner of subjects, but less on experience, therefore he had ‘Specific Understanding’ that is the main character that he himself admits. For it was picked up on that they, both the author and main character lacked and felt contemptuousness of those that do have the ability of ‘Sensed understanding’ internally regarding meanings gathered from awareness, which the author through the main character admits on page 212 when assessing that of another person, “that there is a gulf between ‘Sense-Knowledge and that of ‘Revelation Knowledge’ for he laments that ‘Sense-knowledge could never tell us which came first;” true, as it tells what is, where is, there is, and how is, and most importantly why is it so.

However, in modern times is given more credence in terms of acceptance when done as a self-confession rather than from any type of meaningful-interaction with reflection.

As there are three regards which applies to ‘Sense-Knowledge’ particularly as you read this book, or a book that is complex, is that it should be borne in mind with sensitivity as to:

Social Causality – reflecting on the causal influence regardless of who actually begins the interaction as it gives rise to impression about behaviour and its causes.

Temporal Contingency — as to the interaction with each other by eliciting our behaviour in that we may understand a greater number of traits in others than in ourselves.

Spatial Proximity — creates the perception of intentionality, the reader is ‘figural’ here which gives a tendency for the reader making out the purposes, the contexts and working with it.

As the character says: “Its hard to gain a perspective from a position of partial truth. And yet there are so many truths even as there are many stories. And at some point they must all connect. I used to think that that would only be in death; but I’m now convinced that as I reach out to more and more people, so I’ll come to understand their stories, and the partial truths will make more sense.” (page 247-278) Hence my reading was in the style of being nuanced in thought, that is just as much as the author’s were multi-complex in the contents.

To which I state that ‘Sense-knowledge’ is a virtue, which when a reader masters how to judge a book regardless of subject matter, just as much as they must know how to arrive at an understanding of its contents, that is no matter the subjectivity of it, the outcome of which is that there must be resolutions being stated in terms of shared critiques that builds upon awareness in having social perspectives that is insightful.


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