Tok Essay: That Which Can Be Asserted Without Evidence Can Be Dismissed Without Evidence

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|TOK Essay Title : “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence” Do you agree ? |

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Evidence is a thing or things that help in attaining knowledge. The statement “that which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence” means that it is possible to confirm and dismiss the same if there is no evidence or proof to form an undebatable judgement. In this essay I am going to analyse this quote from the prospective of different Areas of Knowledge. I will proceed in this way because they
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high unemployment or high inflation)?” There are two main schools that present this issue: the Keynesians argue in demand policies while New Classicals argue that supply management policies allow a long-term improvement in these deficiencies. The question that arises from this reasoning is the following: “Is there then a “true” theory and a “false” one?” The answer is No, as both these contrasting theories are based upon reason and sense perception. However, to a degree they also dismiss the other theory. In fact, as the discussion is about which theory is best for governments to improve its macroeconomic deficiencies, there can be only one theory that respect this statement. Here again it is shown how a scientific claim based upon reason and sense perception is not necessarily true as it can be displaced by another theory based upon other evidence. Therefore, in this Area of Knowledge I agree with the statement “That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence”.

A key knowledge issue is the counter argument to the underlying assumption of the title. If one is to base an argument or a knowledge claim on the need to provide evidence, then one must also provide evidence to dismiss a competing argument. What this means is that in order to dismiss an assertion, one would indeed require evidence in order to prove the dismissal. The statement is
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