Whitehead and Russell on points

Philosophia Mathematica 18 (1):1-52 (2009)
This paper considers the attempts put forward by A.N. Whitehead and by Bertrand Russell to ‘construct’ points (and temporal instants) from what they regard as the more basic concept of extended ‘regions’. It is shown how what they each say themselves will not do, and how it should be filled out and amended so that the ‘construction’ may be regarded as successful. Finally there is a brief discussion of whether this ‘construction’ is worth pursuing, or whether it is better—as in today’s mathematics—to prefer a ‘construction’ that goes the other way round, i.e. , to view a region as a set of points
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DOI 10.1093/philmat/nkp017
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