IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: November 2021

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Title 1: Why is it so difficult to identify a clear line between accepted and disputed knowledge within a discipline? Answer with reference to two disciplines, each taken from a different area of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • the role of justification in making knowledge claims
  • the difference between rational and non-rational dispute of knowledge claims
  • the pragmatic theory of knowledge
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Title 2: "Knowledge gained through direct experience is powerful but problematic." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the difference between sensing and perceiving something
  • the role of concepts in forming our experiences
  • the difference between knowledge and belief
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Title 3: "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact." (Arthur Conan Doyle). Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the idea of facts as truth-makers
  • the difference between appearance and reality
  • the difference between trivial and non-trivial facts
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Title 4: "Areas of knowledge always rely on a systematic process of trial and error to aid the production of knowledge." Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the difference between a priori and a posteriori knowledge
  • the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning
  • scientific abduction as inference to the best explanation
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Title 5: "If all knowledge is provisional, when can we have confidence in what we claim to know?" Answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the difference between knowing and claiming to know
  • the idea of degrees of confidence and its link to probability
  • the pragmatic theory of knowledge
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Title 6: "We are rarely completely certain, but we are frequently certain enough." Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • certainty and self-evident truths
  • the difference between practical and theoretical knowledge
  • the pragmatic theory of knowledge
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