• Category:IB General Studies Revision Notes

The Theory of Knowledge is an area in philosophy which discusses and explains the ways people gain knowledge (the Ways of Knowing, a.k.a. WOK) and where these people gain this knowledge from (the Areas of Knowledge, a.k.a. AOK).

The ways of knowing:

  • Language
  • Empiricism
  • Reasoning
  • Emotions

The Areas of knowledge:

  • Art
  • Math
  • The Natural Sciences
  • The Human sciences
  • History
  • Ethics

for International Baccalaureate students, you are required to have an essay of between 1000-1500 words in a prescribed title given to your session by the IBO, as well as a presentation in a topic you chose and present in front of your TOK teacher to get your TOK grade (which would be on the scale from A-F, where less than a D would be considered a fail and would result in you losing your diploma).


To be able to write and present you TOK essay and presentation, respectively, you will have to look into each area of knowledge and way of knowing. You must understand the limitations (or problems or knowledge, POK) and strengths each WOK and AOK has, so as to be able to discuss them in your essay/presentation.


In these revision notes, there will be a content of the basics in each AOK and WOK to remind of the major facts (or are they facts?) in each of the AOKs and WOKs, this will not cover the whole of the TOK syllabus as that would take a whole book to do, so please refer to your books for the full syllabus content.



The ways of knowing:

  • Language:

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