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

Theory of knowledge essay outline

Extracts from this document...


Ximena Delgado Mr. Sears TOK 09/05/11 TOK essay Outline When should we trust our senses to give us truth? Introduction Truth is one of the most subjective words around the world. Does truth exist? Is there one specific truth? We may argue that the true for one man may not be for another, what may be considered right or correct in a culture or country may be different in any other. Our senses which are the most important part of our life help us understand how life works and exist. Nevertheless, we still don't fully understand or develop our senses to its maximum capacity. They provide us with important information but we can only rely on this undeveloped data and analyze it in our own interpretation. In some real life situations these senses can prove to lifesaving and in other they might prove to be fatal in most serious fashion. We can get to an ironical circle where we can only rely in untrustworthy information, so how can we know what is actually truth or when our own senses are playing with our minds. In order to understand truth we need to understand our senses and how each of them work. This way we will get closer to the limits of our senses and understanding how and why we are confident with their perception of the truth. ...read more.


* Animal dialogue; how it has helped throughout history in evolution Counter claim * meanings for words and we are only able to arrive to some sort of approximation of the meaning the other participant of communication is trying to convey to us * language yet its specific definition is rather elusive * language cannot ultimately define what truth is Reason: (processing data) Topic Sentence: Our senses withhold information which helps us process and reason into our brain true knowledge or bad reasoning. * We can acquire knowledge about the world by processing the previous and new information used. * This information leads us to make decisions in life which helps us grow and mature in the different stages of our life. * Assumptions: give us certainty and trust which makes us involve every aspect of the senses where knowledge is acquired through; hearing seeing touching smelling and tasting * Ex: Education. Well, that involves learning, which can really only be done through hearing or seeing or experiencing things that simply cannot be known without the use of our senses Counter claim * Truth and validity: fallacies which involve reasoning * Example of a fallacy * Understand how important to construct and process different premises both true or false in order to not fool our brain with bad generalizations * Causes of different bad reasoning. ...read more.


Even though looking back into the essay some examples may not be completely developed there is a main idea and should be completely developed in the actual essay. C: Quality of knowledge issues Throughout the essay the arguments are coherent and complete. We are able to evaluate and discuss each subtopic in order to have a better understanding of the ways of knowledge and their connection to truth in each sense. There are examples for each subtopic and its analysis is in depth. On the other hand, the main points could be more clearly explained, the information is there and I believe that since it's an outline it doesn't have to have that much information, however the essay would. D: Organization of ideas In my point of view assessing this outline I am able to describe that there is a paragraph at the beginning missing explaining the truth. Separate in senses and truth and having a detailed explanation of both would help the reader have a better understating of the knowledge issue in order to discuss its reliability of the problem. However overall I believe it's very well structured and each point has different subtopics with its own explanations. Facts and information and their explanations were correctly added in each paragraph in order to understand its point and what it's actually trying to transmit. ?? ?? ?? ?? Delgado 1 ...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- context is all

    The Pragmatic theory of truth7 defines a proposition as true if it is useful or works in practice. This theory is very down to earth and removes all kinds of nonsensical ideas.

  2. TOK essay

    Many of the great scientists, for example Einstein came up with the theory of relativity, the theory finally emerged by him coming up with a new way of thinking, while still having some previous knowledge of the subject. Einstein, like many scientists, looked at the world in a different way,

  1. TOK Essay

    With the use of quantitative data (i.e. M.R.I.s and the use of other technological medical devices) we can see that these behaviors also are caused by differentiations of certain chemicals in the brain. The limitations of using just one area of support lead to a variety of unanswered questions about the validity knowledge claim.

  2. TOK essay

    The question, however, is really whether it is possible to know the truth, or not? As shown in the example, the truth depends on which statement Peter decides to believe in. But for something to be true, it has to be justified, among other things,3 and that is done by

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

    Problems of translation Context - words are related to other words in the language. It is necessary to know all of them. (chat, talk, gossip) � Untranslatable words - There are words in languages which are unique and untranslatable with one word into other languages (Schlimmbesserung).

  2. TOK Essay

    This assumption of universal human nature first simplifies the task of interpreting the history since we can understand the people in the past based on our own experiences, second it has an "intellectual heir in the twentieth-century social science theory in the form of rational choice theory as a basis for comprehensive social explanation" 2.

  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. TOK Essay on "The Matrix".

    The prisoner would likely make his outside, into the sun and be blinded. Neo, is also blinded when he first enters reality.

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