What is Tok? 

TOK stands for the Theory of Knowledge, which is a branch of philosophy concerned with the nature of knowledge, justification and the rationality of belief.

Theory of Knowledge is also a compulsory part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 words essay on one of the six prescribed titles announced every year.  

Prescribed titles for the 2017/2018 essay are following:

  1. “The fields of study of academic disciplines can overlap, but adopting interdisciplinary approaches to the production of knowledge leads only to confusion.” Discuss this claim. 

  2. “We know with confidence only when we know little; with knowledge doubt increases” (adapted from JW von Goethe). Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  3. “Without the assumption of the existence of uniformities there can be no knowledge.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  4. “Suspension of disbelief” is an essential feature of theatre. Is it essential in other areas of knowledge? Develop your answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  5. “The quality of knowledge produced by an academic discipline is directly proportional to the duration of historical development of that discipline.” Explore this claim with reference to two disciplines.

  6. “Robust knowledge requires both consensus and disagreement.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

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