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I don't understand Knowledge Issues .. I just can't make sense of what differentiates it from an average question, I'm trying to find one for class tomorrow, looking through the local newspaper but I don't know what I'm looking FOR ! Can someone please define this in a clear way ? Thank you so much

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How do we know................................................................? Related to the ways and know and the knowledge areas.

How do we know what really happened at the Battle of the Bulge when history is written by the winners?

You could maybe get reasoning, perception, history, and that's about it really. Was a bad example but hope it made some sense on the matter ;)

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It's very hard to define, but the approach that Drake has will certainly help you. Think of it as "How do we know what we know about blah blah blah".

In short: where and how have we received our knowledge on this matter?

So a knowledge issue is one worthy of said investigation -- an issue where thinking about the origins of the knowledge on that issue becomes useful. For instance, in science ways you'd find knowledge are via certain ways of Knowing (as set down by the IB, for instance Perception, Reasoning) and also through ways of thinking more particular to science such as the scientific method of trying to disprove something to find if it is true, or the use of theoretical models such as our conception of the atom. Those are all examples of HOW we construct our knowledge in science.

I don't mean to just rephrase what Drake says but I think it's one of those things you need to see written out in various different ways to get the hang of it because it's a bit weird!

....if it consoles you, most people (myself included!) go through TOK with no idea what a knowledge issue is, but most things are knowledge issues in one way or another so you're unlikely to ever be too far off the mark.

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How do we know what really happened at the Battle of the Bulge when history is written by the winners?

A knowledge issue is never specific. So the above KI is not really a good one, but if we instead say "To what extent can we trust historical documents, since history is written by the winners?" we have a good one :yes:

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