Foreknower

Fore`know´er


n.1.One who foreknows.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Problem of Freedom is at least potentially the more serious of the two, since an infallible foreknower curtails the (libertarian) freedom of anyone whose actions he foreknows, whereas the only intentionality that can be thwarted by such knowledge is his own (no matter what he foreknows about the actions of others).
However one assesses the relative seriousness of these two problems, both arise in their strongest form when the foreknower is not a human agent but the theistic God, a being understood to be essentially omniscient, unerring, and sempiternal.
This is not to say that it is in fact successful: the argument does assume, after all, that the theistic God (or some other infallible foreknower) exists; furthermore, there is continuing controversy over whether U is indeed a hard fact prior to [t.sub.1] (in contrast with T, which is certainly not a hard fact).