writing to argue in Theory of knowledge essays


I have created this document from information I was given on my Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Category 2 workshop. I share it with students at the start of the TOK course.

This document is designed to give students advice on how to write to argue in their TOK essay.

It is split into two parts, creating arguments and creating counter arguments.

  • The section on creating arguments focuses on the ‘therefore’ test that students can use to check whether the statements they have written have, indeed, created an argument. It gives two examples to show students how to use this test to formulate an argument.

  • The section on creating counter arguments focuses on how to refute or concede the argument that is being discussed.