Subject(s) 
Mathematics  Philosophy

Physical Description 
ix, 188 pages ; 26 cm 
Summary 
"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/antirealism 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" Provided by publisher 
Note 
Includes bibliographical references and index 
Contents 
Mathematics and its philosophy  The limits of mathematics  Plato's heaven  Fiction, metaphor, and partial truths Mathematical explanation  The applicability of mathematics  Who's afraid of inconsistent mathematics?  A rose by any other name  Epilogue: desert island theorems 
NOTE 
530494 
Series 
Cambridge introductions to philosophy

