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Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

Benjamin Wendelstadt

 

Congratulations to Benjamin Wendelstadt (GR-W) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of  Knowledge. Benjamin is pictured receiving his prize from the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Speech Day on 25th May.

 

8th Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

8th Annual Field Day Conference Poster

 

The 8th Annual TOK Field Day Conference is on the theme of 'Faith' and will take place on Thursday 21st March periods 1-6 in the Riches Lecture Theatre. The line-up is as follows:

Philosophy- Dr Lacewing

Religious Knowledge Systems- Rev Golding

The Arts- Mr Saha

Science- Mr Callas

Economics- Mr Bryant

History- Dr Wines

All Deps IB students are required to attend. Anyone else on the GE and above who is interested is also welcome.

 

Annual TOK Lecture

Stephen Law poster

Dr Stephen Law will be coming in to give the Annual TOK Lecture on Tuesday 13th November at 7.30pm in the Dominions Theatre. He will be speaking on 'How do we know what we know?'.

 

Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Johann Von Loeper (GR-E) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of  Knowledge. Johann is pictured receiving his prize from the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Speech Day on 26th May.

 

 

7th Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

7th Annual TOK Field Day Conference Poster

 

The 7th Annual TOK Field Day Conference is on the theme of 'Beauty' and will take place on Thursday 15th March periods 1-6 in the Riches Lecture Theatre. The line-up is as follows:

Religious Knowledge Systems- Rev Golding

Art- Mr Deller

Philosophy- Dr Lacewing

English Literature- Mr Walsh

Mathematics- Mr O'Boyle

Science- Mr Callas

All Deps IB students are required to attend. Anyone else on the GE and above who is interested is also welcome.

 

Annual TOK Lecture

 

A C Grayling Poster

 

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities, will be coming in to give the Annual TOK Lecture on Wednesday 31st January at 7.30pm in the Theatre. He will be speaking on 'Knowledge and the Theory of Knowledge'.

 

TOK Results

 

Many congratulations to this year's cohort who achieved the best TOK results at Christ's Hospital so far. The assessment comprises an internally assessed group presentation and an externally assessed essay. The table below shows how these compare with the global averages.

 

 

International (%)

CH 2017 (%)

A

9.26

37

B

34.39

44

C

40.26

19

D

15.75

 

E

0.52

 

N

 

 

 

Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Phoebe Thorhnill (GR-W) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of  Knowledge. Phoebe is pictured receiving her prize from the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Speech Day on 27th May.

 

6th Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

 

The 6th Annual TOK Field Day Conference is on the theme of 'Language' and will take place on Thursday 16th March periods 1-6 in the Riches Lecture Theatre. The line-up is as follows:

Religious Knowledge Systems- Rev Golding

Music- Mr Jones

Philosophy- Mr Taylor

English Literature- Mr Walsh

Mathematics- Dr Jennings

History- Dr Wines

 

 5th Annual TOK Lecture

 

 

Sir Anthony Seldon will be coming in to give the 5th Annual TOK Lecture on Wednesday 21st September at 8pm in the Theatre. He will be speaking on the topic of happiness.

 

TOK Results

Many congratulations to this year's cohort who achieved the best TOK results at Christ's Hospital so far. The assessment comprises an internally assessed group presentation and an externally assessed essay. The table below shows how these compare with the global averages.

 

 

International (%)

CH 2016 (%)

A

9.26

31

B

34.39

44

C

40.26

25

D

15.75

 

E

0.52

 

N

 

 

 

Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Milly Newham (GR-W) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of  Knowledge. Milly is pictured receiving her prize from the the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London at Speech Day on 28th May.

 

5th Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

 

The 5th Annual TOK Field Day Conference is on the theme of 'Culture' and will take place on Thursday 17th March periods 1-6 in the Riches Lecture Theatre. The line-up is as follows:

 

Religious Knowledge Systems- Rev Golding

Natural Sciences- Mrs Lawson & Mrs Jerritt

Economics- Mr Lawson

English Literature- Mr Walsh

Mathematics- Mr O’Boyle

History- Dr Wines

All Deps IB students are required to attend. Anyone else on the GE and above who is interested is also welcome.

 

 

 Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Lucas Kovacs (GR-W) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for  Theory of  Knowledge. Lucas is pictured receiving his prize from the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens at Speech Day on 24th May.

 

4th Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

 

The 4th Annual TOK Field Day Conference is on the theme of 'Truth' and will take place on Thursday 5th March periods 1-6 in the Riches Lecture Theatre. The line-up is as follows:

 

Mr Walsh (English)

Revd Golding (Religious Knowledge Systems)

Mrs Lawson (Natural Sciences)

Mr Lawson (Human Sciences)

Ms Holmes (Mathematics)

Dr Wines (History)

 

All Deps IB students are required to attend. Anyone else on the GE and above who is interested is also welcome.

 

Think

 

 

An essay by Professor Bryan Magee (OB), 'How can we ever know what we know?', based on the inaugural TOK lecture he gave at Christ's Hospital, has been published in the latest edition of Think, a journal of The Royal Institute of Philosophy, and is available from the Library.

 

God, the Multiverse, and Everything

 

 

The Revd Dr Rodney Holder will be speaking on 'God, the Multiverse, and Everything' on Sunday 19th January at 1.30pm in the Wakefield Centre.

Dr Holder was Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion  from 2006 until 2013. He read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and researched for a D.Phil. in astrophysics at Christ Church, Oxford. He remained at Oxford for a further two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Astrophysics researching accretion of intergalactic gas by the galaxy. After 14 years working for UK Ministry of Defence clients as an operational research consultant with EDS (formerly Scicon), he returned to Oxford, and took a first class degree in theology in 1996. Dr Holder explored ways in which science and faith may complement each other in Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? In his second book, God, the Multiverse, and Everything, he examined the fine-tunings of natural law that were necessary for life to evolve in our universe. Dr Holder's most recent book on cosmology and theology is Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? (2013) in which he argues that the existence of the universe and the fine-tuned character of its physical laws are best explained by a divine mind behind it.

All IB students are encouraged to attend.

 

4th Annual TOK Lecture

 

Dr Rowan Williams, the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former Archbishop of Canterbury, will be coming in to give the 4th Annual TOK Lecture on Wednesday 17th September at 8pm in the Theatre. He will be speaking on Faith as a Way of Knowing.

 

Christ's Hospital Visiting Speakers Programme Inaugural Lecture

Baroness Ruth Deech (Old Blue) will be giving the inagugual lecture in the new visiting speakers programme on Wednesday 10th September at 8pm in the Theatre. She will be speaking on 'Creating the Humans of our Choice- Science and Control'. All TOK students are encouraged to attend.

 

Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Henner Petin (GR-W) who was the winner of this year's Bryan Magee Prize for  Theory of  Knowledge. Henner is pictured receiving his prize from the Lady Mayor of London at Speech Day on 24th May.

 

Art Department Lecture

 

 

The 2014 Art Department Lecture 'What's wrong with a good forgery?' will be given by the philosopoher Nigel Warburton on Monday 3rd March at 7.30pm in the Wakefield Centre. All IB Deps are required to attend and IB Grecians are warmly invited to come as well.

 

3rd Annual TOK Field Day Confernce

 

 

The 3rd Annual TOK Field Day Conference will be taking place on Thursday 20h March. It will look at the place of Imagination as a Way of Knowing in different Areas of Knowledge. Further details to follow

 

Art Lecture

 

 

All IB students are warmly encouraged to go to the Art Department lecture by The Guardian journalist Sean O'Hagan on Monday 16th September at 7.30pm in the Wakefield Centre.

 

3rd Annual TOK Lecture

 

 

Professor A C Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities, will be coming in to give the 3rd Annual TOK Lecture on Wednesday 25th September at 8pm in the Theatre. He will be speaking on 'Knowledge and the Theory of Knowledge'.

 

New TOK Specification

 

 

The new TOK specification for the 2015 session has been published. Four more Ways of Knowing have been introduced: imagination, faith, intuition, and memory; and two more Areas of Knowledge: Religious Knowledge Systems and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

 

The Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge

 

 

Congratulations to Mary Agbesanwa (Grecians West), winner of the first Bryan Magee Prize for Theory of Knowledge (pictured receiving her prize from the Lord Mayor of London at Speech Day on 25th May 2013).

 

2nd Annual TOK Field Day Conference

 

 

 

The 2nd Annual TOK Field Day Conference will be taking place on Thursday 7th March. It will look at the place of Progress in different Areas of Knowledge. The line-up is as follows:

 

Economics- Mr Russell

History- Dr Wines

Mathematics- Mrs Hennock

Music- Mr Jones

Religion- Reverend Golding

Technology- Mr O’Boyle

 

The conference will take place in the Riches Lecture Theatre and is open to anyone on the GE and above.

 

TOK Prescribed Essay Titles

 

The TOK Prescribed Essay Titles for the May 2013 Session have been released and can be found in the 'Essays' section of the website.

Mr Richard Tunbridge, a TOK examiner, will be coming in on Friday 19th October to lead a session with the Grecians about Knowledge Issues in the titles.

 

Second Annual TOK Lecture

 

The educationalist Professor Guy Claxton will be giving the Second Annual TOK Lecture on 'The Stupidity of Cleverness' in the Theatre on Wednesday 10th October at 8pm. You can find out more about him by going to his website: www.guyclaxton.com.

 

Sir Tom Stoppard

 

 

The playwright Sir Tom Stoppard will be 'In Conversation' with Dr Ross Stuart in the Theatre on Tuesday 9th October at 8pm.

 

TOK 'app'

 

 

Scan the QR code below and create a shortcut to have the website as an 'app' on your smartphone.

 

 

 

Website on Internet

 

Those who have been accessing the website via the Christ's Hospital Intranet system might be interested to know that it can now be found on the Internet at www.chtok.org.uk.

 

 

The Stephen Spender Prize

 

 

The deadline for the 2012 Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation is coming up (1st June). Please send all entries including commentaries as an attachment to Mr Walsh by Saturday 26th May.

 

 

Guest Speakers

 

We are fortunate to have three guest speakers lined up for the Summer term:

 

Mr O’Boyle will be leading a session on how to solve cryptic crosswords.

 

Following on from the presentation he gave about the IB Translation Project, Mr Walsh will be speaking about the 2012 Stephen Spender Prize.

 

Finally, Mr Richard Tunbridge, who is a TOK examiner, will be coming in to offer advice on how to tackle the TOK Essay titles.

 

 

Physics Lecture- 'Understanding Nothing'

 

Professor Nick Evans of Southampton University will be giving a lecture on the structure of the vacuum in the Riches Lecture Theatre at 8pm on Thursday 3rd May. All Physics HL students must attend and other IB students are encouraged to go as well.

 

 

TOK Field Day Conference

 

 

The first TOK Field Day Conference will take place on March 22nd. It will look at the place of ‘Uncertainty’ in each of the subject areas of the IB Diploma Programme.

 

The line-up has been confirmed:

 

Group 1 (English):          Dr Herbert

Group 2 (Latin):              Mr Hatton

Group 3 (History):          Dr Keane

Group 4 (Biology):          Mr Callas and Dr Atwell

Group 5 (Mathematics): Mr O’Boyle

Group 6 (Art):                 Mr Deller

 

Further details to follow.

 

 

‘How do we know what we know?’

 

The text of Professor Magee's lecture is available by clicking on the link below:

 

'How do we know what we know?'

 

 

TOK Inaugural Lecture

 

 

The philosopher and Old Blue Bryan Magee will be giving the inaugural Theory of Knowledge Lecture on ‘How do we know what we know?’ in Christ’s Hospital Theatre on Thursday 3rd November at 8pm.

Below is Bryan Magee’s entry in Who’s Who, which will give you some background information about his life and career.

 

Born 12 April 1930; s of Frederick Magee and Sheila (née Lynch); m 1954, Ingrid Söderlund (marr. diss.); one d

writer; Visiting Professor, King’s College, London, 1994–2000 (Hon. Senior Research Fellow in History of Ideas, 1984–94)

Education

Christ’s Hospital; Lycée Hoche, Versailles; Keble Coll., Oxford (Open Scholar; BA Modern Hist. 1952, PPE 1953; MA 1956; Hon. Fellow, 1994)

Career

Pres., Oxford Union, 1953. Henry Fellow in Philosophy, Yale, 1955–56. Music criticism for many publications, 1959–; Theatre Critic, The Listener, 1966–67; regular columnist, The Times, 1974–76. Mem., Arts Council, 1993–94 (Chm., Music Panel, 1993–94). Current Affairs Reporter on TV; Critic of the Arts on BBC Radio 3; own broadcast series include: Conversations with Philosophers, BBC Radio 3, 1970–71; Something to Say, Thames TV, 1972–73; Argument, LWT, 1973; Don’t Quote Me, BBC TV 2, 1974; Men of Ideas, BBC TV 2, 1978; The Great Philosophers, BBC TV 2, 1987; What’s the Big Idea?, BBC Radio 3, 1991–92. Silver Medal, RTS, 1978. Contested (Lab): Mid-Bedfordshire, Gen. Elecn, 1959; By-Elecn, 1960; MP (Lab 1974–82, SDP 1982–83) Leyton, Feb. 1974–1983; contested (SDP) Leyton, 1983. Elected to Critics’ Circle, 1970, Pres., 1983–84. Judge: for Evening Standard annual Opera Award, 1973–84; for Laurence Olivier Annual Opera Awards, 1990–91, 1993–95; Chm. of Judges, Royal Philharmonic Soc. opera awards, 1991–2000. Lectr in Philosophy, Balliol Coll., Oxford, 1970–71; Visiting Fellow: All Souls Coll., Oxford, 1973–74; New Coll., Oxford, 1995; Merton Coll., Oxford, 1998; St Catherine’s Coll., Oxford, 2000; Peterhouse, Cambridge, 2001; Clare Hall, Cambridge, 2004 (Life Mem.); Vis. Schol., 1991–93, Vis. Fellow, 1993–94, Wolfson Coll., Oxford; Vis. Schol. in Philos., Harvard, 1979, Sydney Univ., 1982, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara, 1989 (Girvetz Meml Lectr); German Marshall Fund Fellow to USA, 1989; Visiting Professor: Trinity Univ., San Antonio, Texas, 1997; Univ. of Otago, NZ, 2006 and 2009. Charles Carter Lectr, Univ. of Lancaster, 1985; Bithell Meml Lectr, Univ. of London, 1989. Lecturer: Seattle Opera, 1989, 1991, 1995; Royal Opera House, 1990; San Francisco Opera, 1990; Belgian Nat. Opera, 1991; Bayreuth Festspielhaus, 1994; Los Angeles Opera, 1995 and 1997; Hawaii Opera, 2000; Glyndebourne, 2003; Royal Inst. of Philosophy, 1992, 1994, 2007. Hon. Pres., Edinburgh Univ. Philosophy Soc., 1987–88. Governor, 1979–2008, Mem. Council, 1982–2001, Ditchley Foundn; Acad. Visitor, LSE, 1994–96. Mem., Sen. Common Room, St Antony’s Coll., Oxford, 2009. Hon. Fellow, QMC, 1988; Fellow: QMW, 1989; Royal Philharmonic Soc., 1990. Hon. DLitt Leicester, 2005

Publications

Crucifixion and Other Poems, 1951; Go West Young Man, 1958; To Live in Danger, 1960; The New Radicalism, 1962; The Democratic Revolution, 1964; Towards 2000, 1965; One in Twenty, 1966; The Television Interviewer, 1966; Aspects of Wagner, 1968, rev. edn 1988; Modern British Philosophy, 1971; Popper, 1973; Facing Death, 1977; Men of Ideas, 1978, 2nd edn as Talking Philosophy, 2001; The Philosophy of Schopenhauer, 1983, rev. edn 1997; The Great Philosophers, 1987; Misunderstanding Schopenhauer, 1990; (with M. Milligan) On Blindness, 1995, 2nd edn, as Sight Unseen, 1998; Confessions of a Philosopher, 1997; The Story of Philosophy, 1998; Wagner and Philosophy, 2000; Clouds of Glory: a Hoxton childhood, 2003 (J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiog., 2004); Growing Up in a War, 2007

Recreations

Music, theatre

Clubs

Garrick, Savile

Address

Wolfson College, Oxford, OX2 6UD

 

Professor John Lennox

 

Following on from his talk in Chapel, Professor John Lennox of Oxford University will be leading a Question and Answer session in the Riches Lecture Theatre at 2.15pm on Sunday 9th October. All IB students are encouraged to go along and take part in this.

 

 

TOK/ Art Lecture- Geoff Dyer

 

 

The writer and critic Geoff Dyer will be talking about his book The Ongoing Moment in the Riches Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday 16th September. Group 6 Art students must attend and other IB students are encouraged to go as well.

 

 

Website Live

The TOK @ Christ’s Hospital website is now live. It has been designed by Philip Glenny (Gr W) who is also responsible for a number of other websites on the school intranet system.

The image on the homepage is taken from The Temptation and Fall of Eve by William Blake (1757-1827). If you click on the apples, they will take you to the different areas of the website.

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see on the website, or suggestions for any TOK related books or other resources, contact me, Mr Saha, at

as@christs-hospital.org.uk.