The knowledge questions below are some basic knowledge questions derived from each prescribed title. Consider these basic knowledge questions the starting point for developing knowledge questions for a TOK essay.

Many of the knowledge questions on this page are quite broad and can be rephrased in a more focused way later on in the essay development process.  Make sure you look extensively at past sample TOK essays to get a better idea of what kinds of TOK questions are suitable.  

More knowledge questions that are closer to essay-ready knowledge questions will be posted at a later date.

1. “Accepting knowledge claims always involves an element of trust.” Discuss this claim with reference to two areas of knowledge.

  • To what extent does accepting knowledge claims always involve an element of trust?
  • To what extent do knowledge claims in ________ (AOK) always involve an element of trust?
  • How is trust in a knowledge claim gained in _______ (AOK)?
  • What role does _______ (WOK) play in gaining trust in ________ (AOK)?