Like many others, students think that 'knowledge' is a self-explanatory concept. Unless anybody's opinions on this subject are asked, people do not have any problems with ‘knowledge’ or ‘to know something’. In other words, in ordinary life, there is no problem with this concept until somebody asks a question about it. As long as you are not asked what the knowledge and to know is, you know exactly what the knowledge is.

The Theory of Knowledge course has been designed to develop skills that will help you investigate the origin and reliability of the knowledge you have acquired. It explores how you, the individual or knower, utilizes emotions, reason, language, and sense perception to come to know what you know. In this course we will explore how you have come to know what you know in the areas of the Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, Arts, Ethics, and Mathematics. You will be asked to scrutinize your knowledge by comparing the ways of knowing and knowledge claims across disciplines, and by becoming aware of how personal and cultural views impact the knowing process for yourself and for others.

 

This course is distinguished from the Epistemology I course with its focus point. This term (theory of knowledge) refers particularly to post-19th century Epistemology. It tries to make an epistemological model by focusing not on knowledge in general, but on the scientific knowledge which is accepted to have proven its legitimacy.