Perspectives on a curious subject: What is IB theory of knowledge all about?

“Theory of knowledge (TOK) is a curious subject. It is curious in the sense that it questions and wonders, reflects and connects, in a spirit of inquiry. It is also curious in the other sense of the word—that it is a little odd, a little unlike the other subjects in the IB Diploma Programme.

School leaders might be the first to ask, “What’s this subject all about?”

Perspectives on a curious subject: What is IB theory of knowledge all about?

“Problems of Knowing And Linking Questions”

Great TOK resource.

“Because the Ways of Knowing are processes or activities so natural to students, their problematic aspects, worthy of reflection, do not come readily to conscious or critical attention. The senses, through perception, seemingly provide a window on the world as it really is, and the emotions have seldom been viewed as an integral aspect of human awareness and intelligence.

Additionally, the acquisition of a first language occurs so easily for most people, and communication with others is so effortless, that the influence of language in shaping thought is seldom noticed. Finally, the appeal of a well-constructed argument can be sensed even without any formal training in logic or other forms of reasoning.

The questions which follow are intended to stimulate and guide the reflection of students about these and related issues.”