Theory of Knowledge Essay

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|Theory of Knowledge                                                                                                                           |
|Using history and at least one another area of knowledge, examine the claim that it is possible to attain knowledge despite problems of bias   |
|and selection                                                                                                                                 |
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      Name: Wesley Fung
      Candidate Number: 003999-019
      Subject: TOK
      Date of submission: February 17, 2012
      Word Count: 1570

Knowledge is what mankind is relentlessly searching for and in return, constantly receiving, discovering and creating. The search for knowledge then becomes a search for what man did not previously know. Knowledge, therefore, is something one knows. However, whether or not the knowledge is deemed fact or opinion, old or new, illogical or plausible, it is nevertheless knowledge. Thus, we are always bombarded with knowledge on a day to day basis. By speaking with my teachers I am exercising my knowledge of English and by eating my New York style strawberry cheesecake I am reassuring my knowledge that I still love to eat cheesecake. From that assertion, I could easily answer the proposed claim with a simple “yes”. Why? Because even bias knowledge is considered knowledge. Yet, from the additional statement “despite problems of bias and selection”, it can be inferred that the type knowledge the claim is referring to is objective in nature and absolute. The question can then be reworded to “Examine the claim that it is possible to attain ‘true’ knowledge…etc.”
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