What is the nature of the boundires between various AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE(ex.history,mathematics, natural sciences,arts)?If someone claims that both the division of knowledge into disciplines and the...

What is the nature of the boundires between various AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE(ex.history,mathematics, natural sciences,arts)?

If someone claims that both the division of knowledge into disciplines and the division of the world into countries on a map are artificial, what does this mean?This is my topic for my Theory of knowledge essay. I require help in understanding my topic completely and providing points to strenghten my arguement. I would be gratefull if you could provide me with your insights!

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missjenn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Think about the map. If you went to the boarder between New York and Pennsylvania, would there be a two inch thick, white line between them? No. There are signs. Divisions on a map are political and man made. Much like the concept that a single knowledge is on area doesn't touch or interact with any other area. I agree that the division of knowledge into disciplines is an artificial thing. I'm not thrilled with the word artificial though... I would rather say "socially constructed" or "man made."

You may notice in your school "interdisciplinary" lessons or classes. Classes you may take in English that hook up with an idea or period of time you're working with in History. It's this idea that proves knowledge cannot be contained by discipline labels. You need English and literacy in every class you take. You have to be able to read instructions and communicate ideas. You need math and science, proportions and spacial recognition when working on a sculpture. A lot of the times you do not realize you are mixing these "disciplines," but you are.