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Temporal Logic, Omniscience, Human Freedom - Perspectives in Analytic Philosophy


Boniface Nwigwe

The work shows the usefulness and limitation of modern logic in the study of traditional metaphysical problems. As is the usual case in all criticism of analytic philosophers against traditional philosophy, word usage must be limited to what the human mind can know. The notion of timeless knowledge for example contradicts our normal mode of word usage and cannot serve as adequate in reference to knowledge be it that of man or of God. If timeless knowledge applied to divine mode of knowing then there cannot be human freedom.
Contents: The notion of timeless knowledge is problematic and traditional theology does not seem to have argued very coherently in that regard. The traditional approach seems to be a sort of begging the question. A better approach to the issue of human freedom is the deductive approach from the nature of the will itself.