IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2019

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Title 1: "The quality of knowledge is best measured by how many people accept it." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • the relationship between confidence, belief and knowledge
  • can we have an absolutely confident belief and yet fail to know?
  • does the quality of knowledge come in degrees?
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Title 2: "The production of knowledge is always a collaborative task and never solely a product of the individual."

Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • do you know something nobody else knows?
  • does all collaboration have to be consciously and collectively planned?
  • is some of our knowledge innate or is all knowledge acquired?
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Title 3: Do good explanations have to be true?

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the concept of abduction or inference to the best explanation
  • what do we need explanations for?
  • can we ever be sure that an explanation is true?
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Title 4: "Disinterestedness is essential in the pursuit of knowledge." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • what use is knowledge?
  • is all knowledge useful or is some knowledge useless?
  • why would be pursue something in which we have no interest?
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Title 5: "The production of knowledge requires accepting conclusions that go beyond the evidence for them." Discuss this claim.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the varities of logic, and hence of conclusions (deductive, inductive, abductive(
  • is it possible to know a falsehood?
  • what is the difference between conclusive and non-conclusive evidence?
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Title 6: "One way to assure the health of a discipline is to nurture contrasting perspectives." Discuss this claim.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • is a contrasting perspective a contradictory one?
  • how, if at all, can disagreement produce knowledge?
  • is there more to the health of a discipline than merely producing knowledge?
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