Theories of Knowledge

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of one theory of knowledge.
  2. Practice thinking in new ways informed by previously unfamiliar theories of knowledge.
Learning Challenge:
  1. Research, design and present a 40 minute lesson to the class teaching the fundamentals of one of the theories of knowledge listed below:
    1. Language
    2. Perception
    3. Reason
    4. Emotion/Intuition
    5. Mathematics
    6. Natural Sciences
    7. Human Sciences
    8. History
    9. Art/Aesthetics
    10. Ethics
    11. Religion
    12. Politics
    13. Rationalism
    14. Empiricism
    15. Paradigms/Culture
  2. Using the sources listed at the bottom of this page and others research the theory of knowledge you have selected.
  3. Prepare a 30 minute interactive presentation that will enable your classmates to understand the fundamentals of this theory of knowledge.
  4. Prepare a paper summarizing the “Key Ideas” (maximum one sheet two-sided) for each class member and teachers.
  5. Produce a Pathfinder that lists all sources used as well as others recommended for follow-up by interested participants.
  6. Present your lesson to the class.
  7. Prepare 5 discussion questions and coordinate a 10 minute question & answer period.


  1. Evidence of research includes source citations during presentation.
  2. Each team member should participate equally in research and presentation.


An assessment rubric will be developed in class.