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IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: May 2015

Here are links to the full titles of the six May 2015 IB ToK Essay topics. I briefly mention some points to consider for each title; however, the personalised service I offer is tailored to each student.

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Title 1: There is no such thing as a neutral question. Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • varieties of wh-question
  • the presuppositions and assumptions underlying questions
  • the conceptual scheme required to understand questions
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Title 2: "There are only two ways in which humankind can produce knowledge: through passive observation or through active experiment." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • ways of knowing other than observation and experiment
  • the distinction between a priori and a posteriori knowledge
  • what is meant by the "production" of knowledge?
If you're considering answering topic 2 of the May 2015 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 2 ToK Essay May 2015 Enquiry

Title 3: "There is no reason why we cannot link facts and theories across disciplines and create a common groundwork of explanation." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the idea of a single, unified conceptual scheme
  • the concept of explanatory reduction
  • the alleged holism of knowledge
If you're considering answering topic 3 of the May 2015 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 3 ToK Essay May 2015 Enquiry

Title 4: With reference to two areas of knowledge discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the distinction between shared and private knowledge
  • aspects of self-knowledge that are shared, and those that are private
  • the role of conceptual schemes in inflecting our perceptions
If you're considering answering topic 4 of the May 2015 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 4 ToK Essay May 2015 Enquiry

Title 5: "Ways of knowing are a check on our instinctive judgments." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the distinction between innate and unreflective judgements
  • the distinction between first and second nature
  • why aren't instinctive judgements ways of knowing themselves?
If you're considering answering topic 5 of the May 2015 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 5 ToK Essay May 2015 Enquiry

Title 6: "The whole point of knowledge is to produce both meaning and purpose in our personal lives." To what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • the distinction between practical and theoretical knowledge
  • the many purposes of theoretical knowledge
  • is meaning in our personal lives discovered or created?
If you're considering answering topic 6 of the May 2015 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 6 ToK Essay May 2015 Enquiry
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