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An introduction to the philosophy of mathematics

Author: Mark Colyvan
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge introductions to philosophy.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Colyvan
ISBN: 9781139423601 1139423606 1280774932 9781280774935 9781139033107 1139033107 9781139421553 1139421557
OCLC Number: 795895693
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1: Mathematics and its philosophy; 1.1 Skipping through the big isms; 1.1.1 Formalism; 1.1.2 Logicism; 1.1.3 Intuitionism; 1.2 Charting a course to contemporary topics; 1.2.1 Uniform semantics; 1.2.2 The epistemic problem; 1.2.3 Underdetermination; 1.2.4 Other issues; 1.3 Planning for the trip; 1.3.1 For the student; 1.3.2 For the instructor; Discussion questions; Recommended further reading; Useful general resources; 2: The limits of mathematics; 2.1 The Löwenheim-Skolem Theorem.
Series Title: Cambridge introductions to philosophy.
Responsibility: Mark Colyvan.
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