Process Themes in Frederick Ferré’s Philosophy of Technology

  • Peter Limper
Part of the Philosophy and Technology book series (PHTE, volume 7)


One of the distinctive features of Frederick Ferré’s recent book, Philosophy of Technology (PT), 1 is its affinity with process thought and its use of some specific concepts from Whitehead’s philosophy. In the following discussion I shall focus on an explication and critical examination of this aspect of Ferré’s book.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Limper
    • 1
  1. 1.Christian Brothers CollegeUSA

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