2021 TOK Final Essay Title 1

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본 문서는 2021년 MAY exam 때 제출한 TOK Essay며, 저의 KQ는 “Accepting knowledge claims always involves an element of trust.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge입니다. 기본에 충실하여 쓰여진 Essay 이며, 같은 title이 아니더라도 TOK Essay를 작성하고 계시는 분들께 좋은 example 이라고 생각합니다.



“Accepting knowledge claims always involves an element of trust.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.


How has knowledge as we know been established? The truths that seem familiar and natural in the modern world are in fact products of observations, questions, and discussions over time. Knowledge doesn’t just grow on trees; in order to ascertain a knowledge claim, a long process of evaluation must come prior to its acceptance. With a plethora of information nowadays, we are oftentimes bound to rely on our own criteria to select a series of evidence and judge knowledge claims. In this sense, elements of trust interfere, which aid, and sometimes obscure, our understanding of knowledge. In this essay, I will be using two different interpretations of “elements of trust.” In history, I will be focusing on “trust,” where accepting knowledge claims involves personal knowledge, bias, emotion, and other subjective factors. In human sciences, “elements of trust” are evidence that makes knowledge claims trustworthy –  modes of persuasion such as authority, source, criteria, and methodology. I believe that the statement is to great extent correct in history, due to its reliance on perception in formation of knowledge claims. However, human sciences study matter amongst humans and thus often prioritize emotion and faith over elements of trust.

Because formation of knowledge claims in history bases itself on perception, accepting historical claims will always require elements of trust due to their inherently biased nature. History seeks to explain current events based on conclusions drawn from observations of the past. However, we often choose to trust historical evidence that supports our own perception of the situation, disregarding contradictory evidence…


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  • 과목명: Theory of Knowledge
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