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IB ToK Essay Titles and Topics: November 2017

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Below are links to ideas on the themes of the six November 2017 IB ToK Essay topics.

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Theme 1: The value of knowledge in relation to its access

Thoughts to consider with essay 1 include:

  • the various kinds of value we attach to things
  • how access to knowledge relates to the ways of knowing
  • the relation between access to knowledge and a knower's perspective

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Theme 2: Theories destabilize as well as solidy our view of the world

Thoughts to consider with essay 2 include:

  • the role of theories in prediction as well as explanation
  • the criteria we use to choose between competing theories
  • how theories are supported and also refuted

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Theme 3: The accuracy of knowledge over time

Thoughts to consider with essay 3 include:

  • the distinction between accuracy and precision
  • the criteria we use in choosing between competing knowledge claims
  • the role of measurement and standards in the acquisition of knowledge

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Theme 4: The reliability of methods that test and support knowledge claims

Thoughts to consider with essay 4 include:

  • the distinction between knowledge and knowledge claims
  • the distinction between confirming and supporting a knowledge claim
  • the relation between the reliability of a knowledge claim and the reliability of methods for acquiring knowledge

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Theme 5: Simple explanations and best explanations

Thoughts to consider with essay 5 include:

  • abduction and inference to the best explanation
  • the criteria we use in selecting the best explanation
  • Ockham's Razor

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Theme 6: Creativity and the production of knowledge

Thoughts to consider with essay 6 include:

  • the role of the imagination in producing new possibilities
  • the role of the imagination in testing new possibilities
  • the kinds of imagination: in particular supposition

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