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IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: Nov 2014

Here are links to the full titles of the six Nov 2014 IB ToK Essay topics:

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If you require personal help choosing your November 2014 ToK essay topics, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Nov 2014 IB ToK Essay Topics Enquiry

Title 1: "Some areas of knowledge seek to describe the world, whereas others seek to transform it" Explore this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • varieties of description
  • the distinction between practical and theoretical knowledge
  • the relation between knowledge and action
If you require tailored help with topic 1 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 1 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry

Title 2: "Knowledge takes the form of a combination of stories and facts." How accurate is this claim in two areas of knowledge?

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the distinction between practical and theoretical knowledge
  • the role of the imagination in understanding stories and facts
  • the roles of truth and justification in establishing facts
If you're considering answering topic 2 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 2 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry

Title 3: "In the production of knowledge, it is only because emotion works so well that reason can work at all." To what extent would you agree with this claim in two areas of knowledge?

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the distinction between theoretical and practical reason
  • the varieties of emotion
  • the role of emotion in motivation and desire
If you'd like to discuss topic 3 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 3 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry

Title 4: "To gain an understanding of the world we need to make use of stereotypes." With reference to two areas of knowledge, to what extent do you agree with this statement?

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the varieties of understanding
  • the relation between sterotypes and concepts
  • the relation between stereotypes and propositions

My doctorate from the University of Oxford was on the role of imagination in providing knowledge of the world. So I would be particularly happy to help you with this essay.

If you'd like help with topic 4 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 4 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry

Title 5: "The task of history is the discovering of the constant and universal principles of human nature." To what extent are history and one other area of knowledge successful in this task?

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • ways of understanding human nature
  • the nature of principles and laws of nature
  • the distinction between constancy and universality
If you're considering addressing topic 5 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then by all means email me: Topic 5 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry

Title 6: "We may agree about general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit. In ethics the situation is reversed: we may disagree about ethical theories but we all know an unethical action when we see one." Discuss.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • the relation between judgement and action
  • the distinction between objective and subjective judgement
  • the role of theory in judgement
If you're writing on topic 6 of the Nov 2014 ToK essay titles, then I'd be happy to receive your email: Topic 6 ToK Essay Nov 2014 Enquiry
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