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    2018/2019 Theory of Knowledge Summer Homework

    The following were the official TOK essay prescribed titles for 2018. Choose one and write 800-1000 words in response, due the first week of next school year. Later we will get our official prescribed titles, and you will choose one of them and write a maximum of 1600 words. Since all prescribed titles want you to discuss two areas of knowledge, please do that. Be great if you could also discuss at least one way of knowing.  Also, each time you discuss a major point, discuss its counterpoint – “what would an opposing argument say?”
    You may use any two areas of knowledge you like – there are some we won’t cover in this class. You can ask Mr. Hansell or Ms. Cairns for the ToK chapter readings you may need for your two AoKs. They’re very helpful. 

    ToK essays ‘seem’ easy – they’re not. It’s easy to get lost in a narrative that doesn’t ‘go’ anywhere. Put together an outline and show it to Mr. Hansell and/or Ms. Cairns. We’ll help you get on track. 

    CHOOSE ONE ESSAY PROMPT
    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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