Omniscience and deliberation

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 16 (3):225 - 236 (1984)
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Abstract

I argue that if deliberation is incompatible with (fore)knowing what one is going to do at the time of the deliberation, then God cannot deliberate. However, this thesis cannot be used to show either that God cannot act intentionally or that human persons cannot deliberate. Further, I have suggested that though omniscience is incompatible with deliberation, it is not incompatible with either some speculation or knowing something on the grounds of inference.

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Divine omniscience and voluntary action.Nelson Pike - 1965 - Philosophical Review 74 (1):27-46.
Intending.Robert Audi - 1973 - Journal of Philosophy 70 (13):387-403.
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Can the will be caused?Carl Ginet - 1962 - Philosophical Review 71 (January):49-55.

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