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Process Themes in Frederick Ferré’s Philosophy of Technology

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

Abstract

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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Modern World Process Thought Aesthetic Quality Private World Autonomous Technology 
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  1. 1.
    Frederick Ferré, Philosophy of Technology (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1988 ). Later references in the text are cited as PT, with page numbers.Google Scholar
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    Alfred North Whitehead, The Function of Reason (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1929 ). Later references, FR, with page numbers.Google Scholar
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    John Dewey, The Quest for Certainty (New York: Putnam, 1960), p. 3 and passim.Google Scholar
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    Don Ihde, “The Historical-Ontological Priority of Technology over Science,” in Existential Technics ( Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983 ), pp. 25–46.Google Scholar
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    Joseph Weizenbaum, Computer Power and Human Reason ( San Francisco: Freeman, 1976 ), p. 201.Google Scholar
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    Hubert Dreyfus and Stuart Dreyfus, Mind over Machine ( New York: Free Press, (1986), p. 2.Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., B.F. Skinner, Beyond Freedom and Dignity ( New York: Knopf, 1971 ).Google Scholar
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    Paul Goodman, “Can Technology Be Humane?” reprinted in Albert Teich, ed., Technology and the Future ( New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986 ), p. 275.Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., Bernard Gendron, Technology and the Human Condition (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1977), chapters 11–14.Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., Richard Bernstein’s discussion of Hannah Arendt in Beyond Objectivism and Relativism ( Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983 ), pp. 207–223.Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., David L. Hall, The Uncertain Phoenix (New York: Fordham University Press, 1982), chapter 5.1 think that this position also has something in common with that of Heidegger’s later work.Google Scholar
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    Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas ( New York: Macmillan, 1933 ).Google Scholar
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    See Frederick Ferré, Shaping the Future: Resources for the Post-Modern World (New York: Harper and Row, 1976), especially pp. 96–100, for an earlier discussion of the relevance of process thought for a “post-modern” vision.Google Scholar
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    Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World (New York: Macmillan, 1926 ). Later references, SMW, with page numbers.Google Scholar
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    See, e.g., Charles Birch and John Cobb, Jr., The Liberation of Life ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981 ).Google Scholar
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    Robert Neville, The Puritan Smile ( Albany: State University of New York Press, (1987), p. 82.Google Scholar
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    Langdon Winner, Autonomous Technology ( Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 1977 ), pp. 132–133.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

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

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