Precepts to use in everyday life

1. Think for yourself, 2. Be yourself, 3. Speak up, 4. Feel free to agree and disagree, 5. Be honest with yourself and others, 6. Be open-minded, 7. Avoid being judgmental and 8. Question everything - even your own thinking.

TOK Essay Titles May 2019

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Knowledge Issues Re-visited

Roger's recent session on 'knowledge issues' elucidated some important ideas.

Firstly, anything that you claim to know about yourself, about others or about the world involves a knowledge issue: the KI is somehow embedded in your knowledge.

You may be conscious or unconscious of this KI, but it's there. Your job as a TOK student is to expose the KIs in your knowledge, tease them out, so to speak, and express them, usually in the form of questions.

How do you do this? You have to question your knowledge:

  • where does your knowledge come from? (sources, methods of verification)
  • how is your knowledge acquired? (perception, reason, emotion, language)
  • what are the potential problems with this knowledge? (bias, common sense, stereotyping)

TOK is about identifying KIs in everything we know by questioning everything we know...

Both in an essay and a presentation you should clearly state your KIs in the INTRODUCTION.

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