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Questions tagged [omniscience]

Omniscience (mainly in religion), is the capacity to know everything that there is to know.

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Arguments/premises to disprove God's omniscience

I was thinking about validity of God's omniscience and stumbled upon three statements, which can be summarized as - To be omniscient, a being would require to capture and store all the data in the ...
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Can you be omnipotent and still change your mind?

Have been reading discussions about omnipotence and omniscience and got lost in the arguments. To me it seems there is no consistent definition of omniscience or omnipotence. But one thing struck me. ...
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Is God free to make decisions?

God is omniscient, that means He knows the only one future. The only one future will become the only one past after some time. Thus we are sure that this future is really only one. It will be ...
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Does god know what comes after his death? [closed]

If god is omniscient, then he can see into everyone's future, including his own. If god is omnipotent, then he could in theory end his own existence at any moment. Would his omniscience include ...
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Is omniscience possible in a universe with quantum mechanics?

Today this argument against the existence of an omniscient being occurred to me. Can someone point out the flaws? Can someone point me to writings about arguments like this one? If an omniscient ...
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Is this really an omniscience vs free-will paradox?

Thought experiment: let there be an omniscient being who knows the future and an agent with free will. They are playing a simple game: there is a table with 2 cards and the free agent asks the ...
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How can an omniscient being prove it 's omniscient and not just delusional?

Let's assert the existence of an omniscient being for the sake of this question. (Questioning possibility of existence is e.g. done here.) By its very nature, the being knows it is omniscient. It ...
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What other theistic positions support open theism besides Christianity?

Open theism is a libertarian view of free will claiming that God’s omniscience does not extend to knowing the actual choices of free human agents. It is a theory of “dynamic omniscience”. This ...
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Does Plantinga view God as knowing precisely what a human being will choose to do?

This question has been bothering me since I attempted an answer to Dmitry Ornatsky’s question about God’s omniscience: How does Plantinga's defense of free will align with omniscience I think ...
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Is the existence of an omniscient creature impossible?

I'm not talking about God, so the subject doesn't have to be omnipotent. Is there any logical inconsistency that would make the existence of such creature impossible? How would determinism affect the ...
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What is a simplistic definition of Boethius' Consolation with Philosophy?

The specific extract is where he asks Lady Philosophy about the correlation of omniscience and free will having a coherent existence together. I know the extract well, but I struggle to define it ...
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How far can compatibilism go: God as active creator with perfect foreknowledge and free will

One of the main arguments of compatibilists trying to save free will from God's foreknowledge seems to be that free will is still possible in the face of perfect foreknowledge as long as God only ...
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How would a theist answer this argument against omniscience?

On this webpage, the author argues: The first problem, ”the paradox of omniscience”, is derived from Cantor’s proof that there is no set of all sets. Omniscience, it is said, entails knowledge of ...
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Can supporting intrinsically bad actions be justified considering their consequences?

Suppose Bob has immaculate knowledge of the future... Bob knows if he graciously gives John $100, John will buy a gun and rob a bank so he can buy heroin. Bob also knows that after John robs the ...
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Does omnipresence imply perfect wisdom?

Let's start by saying I'm not talking about a specific god or religion. I'm actually going to be exploring an interesting train of thought in a story setting where some unfortunate person's existence ...
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What is the point of creating for an omniscient being?

I read a book about determinism and free will that argued an all knowing / all powerful God and free will are incompatible, because if God knows our future then our actions are determined, hence no ...
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What is the “simple logical truth” that makes omniscience self-contradictory?

Patrick Grim claims in "Problems with Omniscience" that there is a "simple truth well established as a logical theorem", which shows that omniscience is a contradictory concept. I am failing to see ...