IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2018

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Title 1: concerns whether interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge are confusing.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • what questions are distinctive of each academic discipline?
  • what methods of enquiry are distinctive of each discipline?
  • can different disciplines share common conceptual schemes?
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Title 2: concerns whether more knowledge increases doubt and includes a Goethe quote.

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • what is a paradox?
  • to what extent is the growth of knowledge the growth of our conceptual schemes?
  • is the ability to ask new questions simply increased ignorance or increased doubt?
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Title 3: concerns whether knowledge requires an assumption of uniformity.

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • what are the different kinds of uniformity?
  • is the possession of a concept knowing a rule?
  • do laws of nature exist in reality or only in our minds?
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Title 4: concerns whether the suspension of disbelief is essential to knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • what is the relation between belief and imagination?
  • is supposition a kind of imagination?
  • how do we detect inconsistency in our belief systems?
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Title 5: concerns the historical duration of disciplines of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • how can knowledge have "quality"?
  • how, if at all, do we measure the quantity of knowledge?
  • how are new academic disciplines born?
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Title 6: concerns whether robust knowledge requires both concensus and disagreement.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • isn't all knowledge robust? Isn't it belief that is not?
  • does knowledge rely on opinion?
  • what is the difference between rational and non-rational disagreement?
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