IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2020

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Title 1: "ÔÇťOthers have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not" (Pablo Picasso). Explore this distinction with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • the distinction between contingent and necessary truths
  • the imagination as a way of knowing possibilities
  • the distinction between facts and things
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Title 2: "There is a sharp line between describing something and offering an explanation of it. " To what extent do you agree with this claim?

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the difference between wh-questions and how-questions in searching for knowledge
  • are all or some explanations also descriptions?
  • the distinction between facts and things
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Title 3: Does it matter that your personal circumstances influence how seriously your knowledge is taken?

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • different senses of matter
  • the wide variety of personal circumstances relevant for credibility
  • any assumption built in to the question
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Title 4: "The role of analogy is to aid understanding rather than to provide justification. " To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • can justifications provide understanding?
  • the relationship between analogies and models
  • the varieties, and purposes, of justification
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Title 5: "Given that every theory has its limitations, we need to retain a multiplicity of theories to understand the world. " Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the concept of a true theory
  • what constitutes a good theory
  • how do we identify theories: what distinguishes one from another?
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Title 6: "Present knowledge is wholly dependent on past knowledge. " Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • to what extent does sense perception require possession of concepts?
  • the varieties of dependence
  • the distinction between personal and collective knowledge
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