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 Nov 2020

Saturday, September 3, 2016

ToK Prescribed Essay TItle (May2017)

Here are the titles for May 2017 courtesy of

1. “It is only knowledge produced with difficulty that we truly value.”
To what extent do you agree with this statement?

2. “Facts are needed to establish theories but theories are needed to make sense of facts.”
Discuss this statement with reference to two areas of knowledge
3. Should key events in the historical development of areas of knowledge always be
judged by the standards of their time?

4. “In the production of knowledge, traditions of areas of knowledge offer correctives
for ways of knowing.”  To what extent do you agree with this statement?

5. Given access to the same facts, how is it possible that there can be disagreement
between experts in a discipline?  Develop your answer with reference to two areas of knowledge.

6. “Humans are pattern  seeking animals and we are adept at finding patterns
whether they exist or not” (adapted from Michael Shermer).  Discuss knowledge
questions raised by this idea in two areas of knowledge.

Good luck to you all!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

ToK Prescribed Essay Titles (November 2016)

Here are the TOK Essay Titles for November 2016 courtesy of (awaiting further verification from other sources...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck to all of you submitting n September 2016!