Saturday, September 5, 2015

May 2016 Prescribed Titles for the Theory of Knowledge Essay

At the beginning of September the prescribed titles for students completing the IB Diploma in May of 2016 were released.  They are as follows:
  1. “In gaining knowledge, each area of knowledge uses a network of ways of knowing.” Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of Knowledge.
  2. “Knowledge within a discipline develops according to the principles of natural selection.” How useful is this metaphor?
  3. “The knower’s perspective is essential in the pursuit of knowledge.” To what extent do you agree?
  4. “Without application in the world, the value of knowledge is greatly diminished.” Consider this claim with respect to two areas of knowledge.
  5. To what extent do the concepts that we use shape the conclusions that we reach?
  6. “In knowledge there is always a trade-off between accuracy and simplicity.” Evaluate this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.
Students are advised to read through the titles and pick two that they are interested in and put down some initial thoughts including ways of knowing that you feel are connected and areas of knowledge that are relevant to the prescribed title.  We will be taking these titles up when we meet in October, but I am available to dialog with you on a one to one basis before then.  Just drop me an email and we can set up a time.

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