May 2022 Theory of Knowledge Essay (8/10)

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이 문서는 제가 2022 May Examination Session을 위해 작성한 TOK Essay이며, Prescribed Title 1: Can there be knowledge that is independent of culture? Discuss with reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge. 에 관한 주제로 작성했습니다.

 

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Prescribed Title 1: Can there be knowledge that is independent of culture? Discuss with
reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge.
Word Count: 1547

Within a culture, there exists a world of knowledge – it is a conglomerate of ideas, beliefs and perspectives that have accumulated and developed over hundreds and thousands of years,
through the interactions between distinct knowers grouped as a ‘society’. In this sense, culture can be seen as collective shared knowledge, established through the process of synthesis and
synergistic collaboration between individual knowers, which can subsequently shape the personal knowledge of a secondary group of knowers. As stated by Soviet psychologist Lev
Vygotsky, “A mind cannot be independent of culture”, in which independence can be defined as detached from, or free from external influence. As knowledge constitutes an essential part of culture, one could argue that the opposite holds true – that culture inevitably influences knowledge. Examining the prescribed title through a second-order lens, this paper explores
whether culture is a necessity in the production of knowledge, and in what ways shared knowledge of a community or society influences the acquisition, analysis and production of secondary knowledge. Through the investigation of the role of culture in mathematics and the arts, this paper reveals that in acquiring, interpreting and producing knowledge, cultural influence is inevitable.

Mathematics is an area of knowledge which has been argued to be culture-free, or completely independent of cultural influence. Mathematical Platonism directly addresses this
stance, as it argues that mathematical truths are discovered, not produced (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). In the case of the golden ratio, sense perception and observation are used to acquire knowledge, as ways of human understanding…

 

  • 총 페이지수: 8 pages
  • 과목명: Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
  • 주제: Can there be knowledge that is independent of culture? Discuss with reference to mathematics and one other area of knowledge
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