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Item 9 - ToK Essay Guide May 2019 Title 4


4. "Disinterestedness is essential..."

How do we know when knowledge is pursued impartially? Isn’t all knowledge, to some extent ‘interested’ and have an ultimate goal…? What is the role of bias?

Any reputable dictionary will tell you that ‘disinterested’ is not a synonym for ‘uninterested’ – ‘not interested’. In fact, ‘disinterested’ is better explained in association with words like ‘impartial’ or ‘neutral’ or ‘objective’...


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