Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Knowledge
Second semester
Structures and systems of development
Sociedad y Cultura
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Teaching staff




Knowledge is an operation that often leads to error, confusion, failure or skepticism. To clarify this, we need a theory, which is nothing more than an observation from a distance, in order to clarify what is happening to it and what is, if possible, knowledge. From this point of view we will go through the various questions that structure the theory of knowledge: its possibility, its essence and, finally, its origin.

In the background of the subject you will find the question of how knowledge is lived in highly technical societies, often prone to subjectivism and relativism, almost inevitable victims of manipulation and post-truth, but relying on science, in its progress, in its capacity for knowledge and guidance.

Pre-course requirements

No specific requirement.

Competences/Learning outcomes of the degree programme

  • E01 - Ability to provide a humanistic/cultural vision to other sciences or methods.
  • E02 - Ability to use methods and techniques specific to human sciences.
  • E11 - Ability to interpret data and relate it to appropriate theories.
  • G01 - To analyse and interpret social and cultural environments to identify need, opportunities, weaknesses and strenghts..
  • G02 - To lead, cooordinate and form part of interdisciplinary work teams.

Learning outcomes of the subject

1. Applies acquired language skills to oral and written expression

2. Write narrative and descriptive texts

3. Acquire key concepts of each of the subjects

4. Know and select specific documentation of the subjects

5. Applies theoretical knowledge in analysis and debates of face-to-face activities and in autonomous work

9. Relate concepts of the different subjects worked in a transversal way

10. Learn to diagnose problems in the intellectual, social and political spheres

11. Read and analyze essays on current topics

13. Applies / transfers theoretical and / or abstract concepts of each subject to real situations


Questions of knowledge

 1. Do we know?




2- What do we know?




3. How do we know?




Teaching and learning activities

In person

Les classes es desenvoluparan sota la forma de lliçons magistrals amb el recolzament de textos seleccionats pel professor que seran comentats participativament a l'aula. Inlcouran metodologies diverses, com flipped classroom, role playing, participació en grups, etc. Al llarg del curs es realitzarà una lectura d'una obra clàssica de la filosofia, especialment il·lustrativa de la teoria del coneixement, a la qual es dedicaran sessions específiques de seminari.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The subject will be evaluated on the basis of various tests carried out at the end of each block (60%) and also on the basis of text commentary work (40%).

Bibliography and resources

Bibliografia bàsica:

Mora, F. Diccionario de Filosofia

Cassirer, Ernst. El problema del conocimiento. I. Mexico: Fondo de cultura económica

Hessen, J. (1981). Teoría del conocimiento. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe. Colección Austral

Sales i Coderch, J. R., Coneixement i situació, Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, 2014 [1ª ed. 1988].

Lester Embree. (2013) Anàlisi reflexiva. trad. Carles Serra Pagès (Traductor). Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona.


Bibliografia complementaria:


Plató, Eutifró, Editorial Gredos (castellà) Bernat Metge (català)

Plató, Menó, Editorial Gredos (castellà) Bernat Metge (català)

Plató, Teetet, Editorial Gredos (castellà) o Bernat Metge (català)

Plató, Fileb, Edicions de la ela geminada (català)  

Román Alcalá, Ramón (1994), El Escepticismo Antiguo: posibilidad del conocimiento y búsqueda de la felicidad. Universidad de Córdoba, Servicio de Publicaciones.

Long, Anthony A. La filosofia helenistica. Alianza Editorial

Descartes, Discurs del Mètode

Descartes, Meditacions Metafísiques

Kant,I. Crítica de la razón pura (Kritik der reinen Vernunft)

Husserl, E. La crisis de las ciencias europeas y la fenomenología trascendental

George Santayana, Escepticismo y fe animal, La Balsa De La Medusa