Introducing TOK

Theory of Knowledge is to understand our world through different perspectives. We constantly ask questions in this subject that relates to the philosophical aspect of our world. We want to know the definition of knowledge, yet there is no identical answer that classifies “knowledge”. Even when the word “knowledge” is used constantly in our daily lives, there isn’t a standardized answer.

Also, there is also the question of how we obtain our knowledge. There are two traditions that attempt to solve how we obtain knowledge: empiricism (our knowledge is based on experience) and rationalism (our knowledge is based on reason).

The ways of knowing (sense perception, emotion, reason and language) are the main pathways for us to collect information from our surroundings. This leads to the question of how our world is perceived. Our sensation and experience within our surroundings works both ways between the world and us. When we decide on what we believe in, we also need to analyze the evidence before making such a decision. This is because our belief in the matter will be consolidated with proof and therefore strengthening our belief.

Lastly, on the topic of knowledge and the knowing of what we know, there is also a question on the actuality of what we actually understand. In theory of knowledge, we need to ask ourselves whether we actually know anything, or even if knowledge exists.

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5 comments to Introducing TOK

  • Aaditya Nath

    Its good to see the several perspectives we are supposed to keep in mind whilst managing a complicated topic like TOK. Rafter, Thank you for mentioning above all potential knowledge/knowing processes I can use during my learning sessions.

  • Anis Zunuzi

    Thank you Rafter explaining the different topics covered in TOK. I am starting to have a better understanding of the main purpose and idea of TOK.

  • Clara Johansson

    Thank you Rafter for explaining the different aspects of TOK. This gives me a little better understanding for the subject. I hope I will understand it as good as you seem to do in the end of the year.

  • Molly Germaine

    thanks for your explanation of theory of knowledge and how the ways of knowing work,I’m sure i will find this useful.

  • Asmund Yew

    Thanks for explaining the points covered in TOK. i now understand the subject a bit better

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