Tok Essay: Should A Knower's Personal Point Of View Be Considered An Asset In The Pursuit Of Knowledge, Or An Obstacle To Be Overcome?

1020 words - 4 pages

When one is in the process of pursuing knowledge, one cannot help but be influenced by his or her personal point of view. Knowledge is often characterized as a "true justified belief" that is attained through logic, perception, senses, memory, and even intuition. However when one is emotionally involved in the subject, this will undoubtedly affect the person's knowledge. If knowledge is true and justified, it has to be universal and not narrowed down to solely one person. The problem with this previous statement is that it is humanely impossible: how can something be universal for everyone if one uses perception to acquire it? One has to understand that there is no such thing as a "true justified belief" and that knowledge is something that is constantly changing: information that is being disclaimed or built upon present or past realizations. The statement whether a personal point of view should be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge or an obstacle to be overcome is relative, since knowledge is not absolute. There are many forms of knowledge, such as math, science, history, art, etc. In order to attain information on these specific areas, one could use personal point of view, and in others impartial ideas. One also has to question what a personal point of view is: is it only based on life experience or authority as well? A point of view is generated by one's senses and perception therefore can be attained by someone else: authority. Neutral point of view is another factor in order to pursue knowledge: one has to present and attain information with no previous or present biases. The question presented has no black or white answer since there are different areas of knowledge that can be either attained through personal point of view or with a neutral point of view.In mathematics, one does not use one's personal point of view to analyze and interpret a theory, formula, problem, etc. When one is solving a math problem, such as 2 + 2, we know through authority that the answer is 4. The common idea that 2 + 2 = 4 is also proven through rationality, since the number 2 is not something one can argue. Numbers are a tool in order to understand the world, and has certain rules to follow. These rules were created by a series of events, or people/experts on the subject of mathematics. One cannot disprove the previous equation since it is "common knowledge" and has to be simply accepted. One does not even have to overcome the obstacle of point of view in mathematics, therefore by attaining knowledge that 2 + 2 = 4; one does not use any personal judgments. In this area of knowing, one is certain that the answer is 4, making it a neutral point of view: one knows that the answer is 4 since one is taught certain rules about math and the way it works.An area of knowledge that could use personal points of view is social...

Find Another Essay On TOK Essay: Should a knower's personal point of view be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge, or an obstacle to be overcome?

"Even if conventional war is acceptable for Christians, nuclear war could never be." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have considered more than one point of view

597 words - 2 pages robs the poor and vulnerable. Huge sums of money are spent producing these weapons which could be better spent helping those in need. Also, as a result of this, less wealthy nations can be held to ransom because they do not have the money to own nuclear weapons. However, that is not all. As Christians we are called upon to try to make the world a better place and are therefore asked to work towards peace. This peacemaking though is not an

Evolution of Natural Foods: Personal Point of View

2371 words - 10 pages historic indigenous peoples of South America or the Paleo-Indian that eventually migrated and evolved into what we are today had such a policy. I wonder if they considered capturing animals and artificially growing them to then trade to another member of the tribe for personal gains. And at the traders own health risks. I guess the saying buyer beware should now be taken with a more literal sense. ( on right

Personal View on Berkley's Theory of Human Knowledge

761 words - 3 pages Berkley's dialogue between Hylus and Philonous, they state that either there is a mind in which all ideas are perceived, or a god that creates perception in the human mind. In other words, according to Berkley, god is the ultimate creator of our perceptions. Because of this belief, he ultimately rejects such philosophies as Lucretius', where Lucretius tries to deny the very existence of a God. Therefore Berkley says that the external world can not be

Using DNA as a starting point, do you believe there are limits to the knowledge people should acquire? Defend your answer

1215 words - 5 pages we do? For billions of people, there are no answers to these questions. They are beyond the limits of our knowledge.Because genetics is important to so many aspects of human behavior, defense attorneys might consider using a defendant's genetic constitution as a strategy to excuse criminal behavior. Take one of the two sides listed below:Present an argument about why a defendant's genes should be considered as a factor in the criminal

The Pursuit of Knowledge Can Be Dangerous

1083 words - 4 pages , there was nothing that could be done and he soon died. This illustrates the point that many of Victor’s decisions regarding his creation have led to a great deal of trouble and horrific situations. Robert Walton set out on an expedition in an attempt to become the first man to ever reach the North Pole. This choice let Walton on a perilous journey on the ocean and through the thick ice, but ended up getting trapped in the ice with no hope being

3 Attributes That A Human Should Have to be Considered an Agent

1586 words - 6 pages some degree of unpredictability, that identifies possible goal directed agents for infants” (Csibra, 2008). According to that statement variability is another key element in whether an infant considers an object and agent. So in conclusion through the readings assigned I have found that there are 3 key attributes that a human or nonhuman object should have to be considered an agent. The agent must have some sort of goal in mind. For example

Abortion: Choice or Life. Asks the question of whether abortion should be a choice or if life outweighs the choice for a woman to have an abortion

675 words - 3 pages generally play a large role in a woman's decision to have or not to have an abortion since they have been minimized by medical advances. The heavy weight of the decision is usually caused by the question of the morals of having an abortion. This is a question that has been asked in every country throughout the world and will surely continue to be asked as there is no clear answer.The question arises from not having a definite answer to when life begins

What it's really like to be a freshman. The essay is about being a freshman from a freshmans point of view (that it's hard) Some dates will need to be changed in order to update it!

643 words - 3 pages right thing and getting you a good education, but parents don't have a clue what its' like to be a freshmen, or to even be in school in this day of age! I mean it's 2003 here, not 1634! You feel trapped until the bell rings at exactly 2:25 p.m. On some days, time moves quite fast on others, it moves as slow as a snail. It almost seems to drag the life right out of you, as if someone was stealing your soul.The hallways are a nightmare on some days

Point of View to Enable the Story to Be Experienced in Cathedral

610 words - 2 pages Point of View to Enable the Story to Be Experienced in Cathedral Raymond Carver's "Cathedral," a story that entails a man's epiphany about a misplaced prejudice, is narrated from the first person point of view to enable the reader to fully understand the narrator's thoughts. However, in William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" just the opposite is true. In Faulkner's story, the narrator has a limited third person point of view which

From a historical point of view, is the Reformation an act of religious reform or an act of political revolution?

854 words - 3 pages and economical revolution commenced. This economical and political revolution began the "Renaissance" which is the time period of development and exploration after the "Middle Ages" or the "Dark Ages".Another reason that the Reformation should be treated as a political revolution was that many princes switched to Lutheranism as an excuse to go against the Pope. Since there were always collisions between Church and State, the princes were eager to

An essay that addresses all the points of why abortion should be illegal in the U.S

663 words - 3 pages In past years people have thought of abortions as the "easy way out" of having a baby. The number of abortions per year is ridiculous. The murder must be stopped. Abortion should be illegal in the U.S.Many women explain to doctors and family that they just didn't want a baby, and that's why they're having an abortion, but there's more to their reason than they're telling. For many women a baby would disrupt work and/or schooling. Other women

Similar Essays

Personal Point Of View In The Pursuit Of Knowledge

1470 words - 6 pages Should a knower's personal point of view be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge, or an obstacle to be overcome?In order to be able to answer the question of whether point of view is an asset or an obstacle to be overcome in the pursuit of knowledge, I think it is necessary to consider exactly what point of view is. Point of view is based on our own judgment and evaluation of a given situation; it's an expression of our own beliefs

Tok Essay: Do Questions Like "Why Should I Be Moral?" Or "Why Shouldn't I Be Selfish?" Have Definitive Answers, As Do Some Questions In Other Areas Of Knowledge?

1363 words - 5 pages with the questions. However, having a definitive answer to these questions does not make the questions more or less important; the importance is the process and the methods that we used for finding the answers.Areas of knowledge in the TOK diagram is made up by 6 elements which are Natural Science, Art, Social Science, Math, History and Ethics which we are now focusing on. The 6 areas of knowledge seem to be quite different from each other, yet

From A Financial Point Of View What Are The Major Strategic And Operational Issues Which Should Be Considered When Entering Into Overseas Markets?

1373 words - 5 pages , ascertains that;"As companies take a more global perspective in their trading activities, investing overseas and the financing of such operations will be given greater consideration"As these trends imply, managers will have to have greater knowledge of international business and an awareness of the issues and challenges of setting up their business overseas.REASONS FOR INVESTING OVERSEASForeign investments are usually motivated by a wider and

Capital Punishment: A Personal Point Of View

783 words - 3 pages .      My strongest reason for opposing the death penalty is a moral one. In the Bible, the first commandment clearly states, ¡°thou shall not kill.¡± The commandment does not have any exceptions to the rule and should be followed. Killing someone for a harsh crime such as murder or rape, is just as bad a crime as the original act of murder. I strongly believe that only God can decide when it is the appropriate time for someone