An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Release Date : 14 June 2012
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Genre : Science
  • Pages : 200 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 0521533414
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Download or read book entitled An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics by author: Mark Colyvan which was release on 14 June 2012 and published by Cambridge University Press with total page 200 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. This introduction to the philosophy of mathematics focuses on contemporary debates in an important and central area of philosophy. The reader is taken on a fascinating and entertaining journey through some intriguing mathematical and philosophical territory, including such topics as the realism/anti-realism debate in mathematics, mathematical explanation, the limits of mathematics, the significance of mathematical notation, inconsistent mathematics and the applications of mathematics. Each chapter has a number of discussion questions and recommended further reading from both the contemporary literature and older sources. Very little mathematical background is assumed and all of the mathematics encountered is clearly introduced and explained using a wide variety of examples. The book is suitable for an undergraduate course in philosophy of mathematics and, more widely, for anyone interested in philosophy and mathematics.