• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

IB TOK Essay Is moral knowledge omnipresent, and how exactly do we procure it?

Extracts from this document...


Theory of Knowledge ? Written Essay (Moral Knowledge) Knowledge Issue ? Is moral knowledge omnipresent, and how exactly do we procure it? First, let us define what exactly moral knowledge means. To me, moral knowledge symbolizes a set of rules, which may or may not be hard-and-fast, which inform us as to what is correct and what is wrong. Moral knowledge is thus the criterion that man uses to judge whether a certain course of action will have the correct or the wrong motive and whether it will lead to good or bad consequences. This is the premise on which moral knowledge is based. Having set the context of the knowledge issue, it is important that we discuss which areas of knowledge pertain to this issue. In this essay, the areas of knowledge that I will be referring to include ethics, religious knowledge and science. ...read more.


Mankind simply reads Nature and in the process, procures scientific knowledge. The same can be applied to moral knowledge too. After all, Man is no one to create an entire system of rules which will govern the world and call all the shots as to whether something is wrong or right. Many religious knowledge systems too indicate that the one who lights our path and shows us right from wrong is God, and that we are not advanced enough to make the right decisions. God is considered to be the Creator and so, it is only fair to say that He created moral knowledge too. Thus, this view of the issue seems to be pointing at moral knowledge being independent of Man. However, it is quite certain that there are certain morals that Man alone seems to possess. ...read more.


While it is true that society has tweaked certain morals and perhaps created a few too, it has to be understood that Man himself is dependent on another heavenly entity for His creation. In this sense, it can be said that this heavenly entity had created these morals which we today call ?our? morals and laws. In the previous example, the only reason why we created such a moral was because we have been gifted with a brain and the intellect to recognize the consequences of extinction of species. These morals must thus have been created by an omnipresent persona while we humans are simply the ones who deliver it to the planet, much like Nature delivers the other morals which were talked about earlier. Thus, it can be safely said that while Man ?seems? to have made certain morals, these morals all truly belong to an omnipresent, heavenly persona, leaving us with the conclusion that moral knowledge is indeed omnipresent. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. TOK essay

    Before jumping to conclusions, one could attempt to limit the spectrum where truth occurs: Truth is limited according to some given parameters.14 These truth factors, however, better eliminate false statements than point out true ones: They filtrate less qualified guesses from better.

  2. TOK essay

    Unlike in subjects like Science and Maths, English involves looking at the mood of a poem and the meanings behind the story, as well as literary uses of language. However, some people find it necessary to focus through other people's views, and ideas to fully understand a text.

  1. TOK Essay

    more valuable to aid in the progression of humankind, and thus their statements of knowledge follow my definition of a well-supported knowledge claim. Human sciences can. Therefore, provide more sufficient and better developed argument to support its knowledge claims. Natural sciences do use qualitative data, to an extent.

  2. TOK notes. The problem of knowledge There are three ...

    Eye-witness testimony - single eye-witnesses are unreliable since they tend to commit perceptual errors and the element of time plays a major role as well. Distinguishing appearance from reality Perception causes problems since: We may misinterpret what we see We may fail to notice something We may misremember what we

  1. TOK essay

    Humanity is able to classify reason to a specific point due to its nature. This allows humanity to be able to rely on it for the foundation that is needed to base areas of knowledge such as math. This foundation is critical for information to be built upon one another,

  2. Tok essay 2009

    Ahora bien, si para explicar la afirmaci�n (Vemos y entendemos las cosas tal como somos, no tal como son) tomamos una postura racionalista, primero tenemos que saber que seg�n esta corriente de pensamiento la posibilidad de conocer se da solamente mediante el �nico uso de la raz�n y que un

  1. TOK essay

    All people, irrespective of nationality, caste, creed or character, will agree to this result, and the certainty of the knowledge arises from this characteristic of reason. This uniformity of reasoning comes across as strength: it ensures universal agreement on the conclusion.4 This agreement facilitates the formation of similar conclusions around the world, thus bringing people on a similar wavelength.

  2. Coherence Essay

    The correspondence truth theory states that there are universal laws on truth and, that these truths are applicable to everyone. There are two major branches of correspondence, the first being absolutism and the second being universalism. Absolutism is a theory which says that these concrete truths come from religion.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work