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With reference to two areas of knowledge discuss the way in which shared knowledge can shape personal knowledge.

“How do we know what we know?” That is the question epistemology rotates around, and the best way to describe what the theory of knowledge is. This question has been studied since the era of the ancient Greeks and still is being discussed today. As we dealt with this question in TOK class, I began to wonder how shared knowledge may shape my own and others’ personal knowledge. There is a clear correlation between shared knowledge and personal knowledge seeing as one shapes the other, which can be seen through the different ways of knowing. As straightforward as this sounds, this topic is far more complex, since there are different manners this can occur. Both an engaged biology student and a music/art enthusiast, I chose to analyze the natural sciences and the arts as they show differences in their knowledge framework and creation of knowledge decidedly. How reliant is the shared knowledge we use everyday in the context of these two AoKs?

In the arts emotion, sense perception, and reason; shared knowledge can shape the personal knowledge of an audience in a consistent manner and according to the TOK curriculum the arts “encompass the creative production of humans with the purpose to explore the experience of being human”. But why do we enjoy what we enjoy? Artistic knowledge is received by the audience through sense perception and evaluated with reason and emotion. When we look or listen to an art piece we evaluate it through reason. This form of evaluation is on a personal basis and we place it into context where we compare the stylistic features, the method used and origin. The best example of how shared knowledge interferes in this process would be to look at the different art ages that evolved throughout time. During the…...

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