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I was a Philosophy major as an undergrad and became obsessed with the beauty of rigorous argumentation. There I didn't take a single class listed under the Mathematics department and was almost exclusively interested in Ethics.

Now, two years later, **I have quit my job to pursue a Masters Degree in Pure Mathematics** (after much self-study and a semester of expensive post-baccalaureate work). While I find the subject (and more importantly the process) of Mathematics absolutely beautiful, I feel that my true love will always be for Philosophy.

Still, I feel that studying math has made me a much better critical thinker, and **I am tempted to argue that studying Mathematics has made me a better Philosopher as well** (although I haven't had time to really test this claim). In particular, the study of Mathematics has taught me mental strategies to *(i) grasp concepts which aren't as easily intuitive as those in philosophy, (ii) to be even more concise in my argumentation, and (iii) to feel comfortable introducing suitable notation on my own to simplify my thoughts and get me to the heart of problems.*

Do people have experience with (or know of others who have the experience with) studying Mathematics and finding that it contributed positively towards their ability to do philosophy (above and beyond the opportunity cost of actually studying more philosophy)?

Are there any examples of modern professional philosophers who have non-trivial backgrounds in Mathematics?

Would obtaining a Masters in Pure Mathematics improve one's chances of being admitted to Philosophy grad school?

"In the mathematics I can report no deficience, except that it be that men do not sufficiently understand the excellent use of the pure mathematics, in that they do remedy and cure many defects in the wit and faculties intellectual. For if the wit be too dull, they sharpen it; if too wandering, they fix it; if too inherent in the sense, they abstract it... – Quinn Culver – 2012-09-16T01:31:42.120

"...So that as tennis is a game of no use in itself, but of great use in respect it maketh a quick eye and a body ready to put itself into all postures; so in the mathematics, that use which is collateral and intervenient is no less worthy than that which is principal and intended." John Fauvel and Jeremy Gray (eds.) A History of Mathematics: A Reader, Sheridan House, 1987. – Quinn Culver – 2012-09-16T01:32:07.330

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You might find some interesting stuff in here: What should philosophers know about math and natural sciences?

– stoicfury – 2012-07-31T19:31:47.767