Theory of Knowledge Post#2 (Personal / Shared)

by Adrian on August 28, 2016


Suggest Which WOKs are relied on in the construction of knowledge in 3 AOKs of your choice. Be prepared to justify your ideas with real life examples.


I believe that all WOKs could be used in construction of knowledge, however in certain subject, each individual ways of knowing could be used more than another one. For example mathematics and natural science, this two subjects are heavily factual based and it can be best explained by reasoning. When you make baking powered and vinegar together, it is really hard to understand why it creates gas through the way of imagination, perception or language. But it can be easily explained through reasoning. After the discovery of electrons, atoms, bonds and elements, we are able to explain that this happened…NaHCO3(s) + CH3COOH(l) → CO2(g) + H2O(l) + Na+(aq) + CH3COO(aq) and since CO2 is the product, it created gas which is the bubbles seen in the reaction.

However, if we switch the subject to visual arts, we are able to use another type of WOK. I personally think that we mostly understand art through the use of perception , imagination and emotion. This is because we use are sense to analyze the art, then we use are imagination and emotion to determine the deeper meaning hidden behind the canvas. It is hard to explain the meaning with Reasoning or Language, hence different Areas of Knowledge are built up by 1 or more ways of knowing.

The last area of knowledge I will be discussing is ‘History’, this subject is very interesting because history comes through the perception of one person and it is recorded in his or her head by memory. This size of knowledge can range from something minor like getting a cut to why did world war 2 started. In conclusion, I believe all WOKs will contribute to different AOKs, but in some circumstances each one would stand out more than other ones.



With the reference to the class activity and two AOK’s in what ways might it be reasonable to suggest that people who disagree an both be right? Is this true in all cases?


I personal believe that this questions can be correct to certain extends, because different areas of knowledge could have multiple answer to be 100% correct. In the topics art, ethics, religion and indigenous knowledge, it is possible to disagree with someone else but both can be correct.

Art is an great example, because it is a heavily opinionated topic where nothing can be technically wrong. In a topic where opinions matter a lot, there is no wrong answer. If the audience’s interpretation is not the same as the artistic intension, the audience is not wrong, since there are many possibilities one shape or colour could mean. It is similar to math, as one question could have more than one approach to get the correct answer. Therefore, it is reasonable for someone to disagree with other person but be correct. Also, in art there are no real facts, hence nothing can possibly be wrong, it can be prove since there are no factual debate topics about art.

Another area of knowledge where both people could be correct is in indigenous knowledge, this type of knowledge has been taught to generations for many years. Many of the culture traditions could have been orally passed down through the use of stories and other ways. But before any type of story could have been recorded down onto books, these story could have been alternated and the true story would never been known. The deeper meaning of the story could have been seen in many different ways, but there is not necessary a correct answer. Thus, it is reasonable for two people to disagree at the true meaning but both be correct since the true answer is forgotten long long time ago.

But on the other hand there are other areas of knowledge, which it is unreasonable for a disagree but both people are correct. An good example for these topics are natural science, human science, math and history. In math when it comes to any example there is usually only 1 correct answer. An classic example would be 1+1=2, there is no other possible answers for 1+1 to equal any other number.

In conclusion, it is reasonable to an certain extent that both people can disagree and both be correct at the same time.



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