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IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: Nov 2016

Here are links to the full titles of the six Nov 2016 IB ToK Essay topics:

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If you require personal help choosing your November 2016 ToK essay topics, I'd be delighted to receive your email: Nov 2016 IB ToK Essay Topics Enquiry

Title 1: "The acquisition of knowledge is more a matter of recognition than of judgement." Evaluate this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • the relation between recognition and perception
  • the relation between judgement and reason
  • are recognition and judgement distinct?
If you require tailored help with topic 1 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 1 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry

Title 2: "Is the availability of more data always helpful in the production of knowledge?" Explore this question with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the distinction between sensing and perceiving
  • the role of concepts in organising raw data
  • the distinction between sense data and scientific data
If you're considering answering topic 2 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 2 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry

Title 3: "Conflicting knowledge claims always involve a difference in perspective." Discuss with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the distinction between conflicting and contradictory claims
  • the relation between perspective and objectivity
  • do subjective claims amount to knowledge?
If you'd like to discuss topic 3 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 3 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry

Title 4: "Error is as valuable as accuracy in the production of knowledge." To what extent is this the case in two areas of knowledge?

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the distinction between practical and theoretical knowledge
  • the relation between error and truth
  • the relation between accuracy and truth
If you'd like help with topic 4 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then I'd be delighted to receive your email: Topic 4 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry

Title 5: "Metaphor makes no contribution to knowledge but is essential for understanding." Evaluate this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • the difference between literal and metaphorical truth
  • the difference between knowing and understanding something
  • the difference between acquiring and possessing knowledge
If you're considering addressing topic 5 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then by all means email me: Topic 5 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry

Title 6: " Ways of knowing operate differently in personal and shared knowledge." Assess this claim.

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • is all personal knowledge shareable in principle?
  • could we have knowledge that wasn't in principle shareable?
  • what are the means by which knowledge can be shared?
If you're writing on topic 6 of the Nov 2016 ToK essay titles, then I'd be happy to receive your email: Topic 6 ToK Essay Nov 2016 Enquiry
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