Theory of Knowledge
The TOK course is composed almost entirely of questions; the most central of these questions are ‘how do I, or how do we, know that a given assertion is true, or a given judgment is well grounded?’ ‘How do we know what we know, and can we prove it? Should we have to prove it? And, if so, under what circumstances?’ We will address both ageless questions on which thinkers have been reflecting for centuries and new ones, often challenging to accepted belief, which are posed by contemporary life. These questions are the domain of this course which is part philosophy, part psychology, part humanities, and part cultural anthropology. The ultimate goal is to foster in students an appreciation of the quest for knowledge, in particular its importance, its complexities, and its human implications. We want students to be able to examine what they know, how they know it, and the limitations of what they know; eventually arriving at their own sense of truth.