What does the word "reading" mean in the following sentence?

The book is not necessary reading, therefore, for those who already feel the full force of the modern demand for rationality, and are consequently willing to suspend their assumptions about subjectivity and objectivity in order to engage in a presuppositionless examination of the actual truth of being.

  • What do you think "reading" mean? Any idea? If someone asks: "What is your English reading level?" would you be confused? – Mari-Lou A Mar 28 at 16:19
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    The word presuppositionless is a lot more difficult. – Mari-Lou A Mar 28 at 16:20
  • Wow, I read that passage three times before I realized that the word before reading is necessary and not necessarily. Necessary makes much more sense! – shoover Mar 28 at 17:13

Reading in this case is used as a noun, and could actually be left out. This book is not necessary for those who already.....

Or.. “ It is not necessary to read this book if you have already felt the full... Or “Those who have already” ....... .... “need not read the book” .....

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