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Sat Mar 3,2018 06:34 AM

I have a TOK essay coming up & it's not for any official IB marks or anything it's just a practice from my school. This is the question “Some areas of knowledge seek to describe the world, whereas others seek to transform it.” Explore this claim with reference to the two areas of knowledge - the Arts and Ethics.

Tbh, i'm so lost. i don't even know how to start. what should i include? what evidence is appropriate? how do i structure the points? pls send help
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Sat Mar 3,2018 03:20 PM

I do not think my answer will be helpful but still. For example in natural sciences, mathematics or history, there are a lot of researchs to explain what is already there. Could be named as “describe”. On the other hand, in those areas their description also help them develop new things, and those things may transform the world. This topic seems weird when you double check because this kind of comparison is not possible according to me. Religion or ethics may seem like they have nothing to do with describing the world but only transforming it. Altough they have their own description of world so they can build everything on it. It could be just reverse, science could be the one that transforms the world but it does it by describing it first. And i dont know if we can use transformation and development in the same meaning. Haha i guess my answer is also confusing too
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Sat Mar 3,2018 03:57 PM

i was trying to help but my answer didn't make sense either so sorry but good luck!
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Thu Mar 8,2018 03:46 AM

I haven’t done an essay yet so I don’t know how much help this will be, but you could probably link arts to a portrayal of reality and looking at how it reflects the artists views as well as the culture its made in. Then use ethics to show how values should change and progress. Maybe looking at an old civilizations moral codes vs a more modern one could be good?
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Thu Apr 12,2018 01:54 PM

Nihilism springs to mind, ethics.

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