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The first parental answer given to the child's question, ‘Why should I go to school?’, is to say ‘To acquire knowledge’, although there is much to say after that. In any case, the child might then ask ‘What's knowledge?’ and the answer would be dauntingly abstract.

It might sensibly start by separating knowledge from belief by way of showing that when you know something, that something must be true, whereas when you only believe it, it may not be true. But that sense of ‘knowing’ leads to so many different places that all one can conclude is that there are many forms and varieties of knowledge, such that one cannot really say that knowledge, which must be true, is compounded of an aggregation of facts, ...

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