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Sample Theory of Knowledge essays, written and assessed to IB-specific criteria

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  1. This is a TOK essay that I completed in my first year of IB on the topic "To what extent are areas of knowledge shaped by their past? Consider with reference to two areas of knowledge."
    It received a 9/10 (it was a practice essay).

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  2. My TOK essay on accuracy vs simplicity, got an A grade for this....think it provides a good insight into how to incorporate knowledge issues, claims and counter-claims as well as real world examples to answer quite an open-ended question. Hope this helps anyone doing theirs although obviously plagiarism will be found out by the IB so don't do that.
    TOK ESSAY final.docx

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  3. To what extent do the concepts that we use shape the conclusions that we reach?


    Got a B, predicted an A, kinda sad. but I love this essay. Worked really hard on this. 
    Hope it helps. 
     

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  4. This TOK essay is 100% my own work. I have received full mark in it 20/20 and I hope you will find it useful when planing your OWN essay! 
    Good luck!
    Haitham Wahid 

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  5. Theory of Knowledge essay.
    May 2010, title number 2: Examine the ways empirical evidence should be used to make progress in different areas of knowledge.
    Moderated mark: A
    Word Count: 1595 words

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  6. 7 ToK Assignments, with marks and comments from the teacher

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  7. TOK Essay #1 2009 1. "Science is built of facts the way a house is built of bricks: but an accumulation of facts is no more science than a pile of bricks is a house(Henri Poincare) Discuss in relation to science and at least one other area of knowledge.
    Mark: 23/40 (how not to do it! )

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  8. TOK Essay #5 2009 "In expanding the field of knowledge we but increase the horizon of ignorance" "Henry Miller". Is this true?
    Mark: 28/40

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  9. 9. Compare and contrast knowing a friend to knowing how to swim, to knowing a scientific theory, to knowing an historical period. What conclusion about the nature of knowledge can you reach?
    This essay received a B. Quite frankly, I was astonished. I thought it deserved a C, but then why should I complain? This is, to be honest, a hopelessly boring title that is very hard to be interesting in, but easy to think up of arguments, thus my reason for choosing it.

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  10. 10. Belief has been described as “certainty about what cannot be seen”. Does this statement hold true in any, some or all Areas of Knowledge?
    This essay received a B

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  11. 6. In areas of knowledge such as the arts and the sciences, do we learn more from work that follows or that breaks with accepted conventions?
    This essay received an A.

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  12. To what extent is it possible to have thought without language?
    This essay received an A.
    This essay was submitted by Aimee

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  13. #4 "One definition of knowledge is true belief based on strong evidence. What makes evidence 'strong' enough and how can this limit be established?"
    May 05, Title 4

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  14. 8. Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth? This essay received a C

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  15. IBO - Theory of Knowledge Assessment Examplars
    Contains introduction, 6 essays as well as their assessment markings/analysis. The essays range from A to F.
    Dated November 2002

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  16. 5. Can literature "tell the truth" better than other Arts or Areas of Knowledge?
    This essay received a B

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  17. 5. “…we will always learn more about human life and human personality from novels than from scientific psychology.” (Noam Chomsky). To what extent would you agree?
    This essay received a B.

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  18. 8. Are some ways of knowing more likely than others to lead to truth?
    This essay received an A (not from an examiner, as it is for the next session, but from Lc's TOK teacher, so it could be a B essay.)

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  19. 4.Does language play roles of equal importance in different areas of knowledge
    This essay received an A

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  20. Discuss the Strengths and Weaknesses of Using Logic as the Justification of your Knowledge Claims
    May 2007

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  21. Quote Analysis:
    “One who learns without thinking is lost; one who thinks without
    learning is in great danger.”
    -Confucius

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  22. 10. "Context is all" (Margaret Atwood). Does this mean that there is no such thing as truth?
    May 2008
    Title 10

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  23. "Language is More Powerful Than We Think"

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  24. Is scepticism healthy when pursuing knowledge?

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  25. "The knowledge that we value the most is knowledge for which we can provide the strongest justifications". To what extent would you agree with this claim?
    This essay received a B (28/40).

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