LAU, Chong-fuk

Professor, Division Head

B.Eng., M.Phil. (CUHK); Dr.phil. (Heidelberg)
Rm 426

Brief Biography

Dr. Lau started out in the Information Engineering program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During his undergraduate years, he took courses from different departments and discovered his true interest in a quite different field – philosophy. Due to this intense interest, he finally decided to further his education in the Department of Philosophy after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He chose the German philosopher Kant as the topic for his Master’s Thesis, which, later on, led him to pursue a PhD in Germany. Thanks to a DAAD scholarship, he was able to study at the University of Heidelberg, the oldest university in Germany. Upon completion of his doctoral thesis on Hegel, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation and taught at the Institute of Philosophy in Darmstadt. He returned to CUHK in 2004.

Both at work and at leisure, he is almost always on the computer. He often complains about spending too much time on the internet. Back to the real world, he enjoys traveling, all kinds of ball games and various outdoor activities; he is also a paraglider pilot.

Research Interests

  1. Kant
  2. Hegel
  3. Metaphysics
  4. Philosophy of Mind
  5. Philosophy of Religion

Selected Publications


  1. 《宗哲對話錄》,與王偉雄合著,通識教育叢書。香港:中文大學出版社,2016。 [Dialogues on Religion and Philosophy, co-authored with Wai-Hung Wong, General Education Series. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2016.]
  2. 《黑格爾新釋》,臺大哲學叢書。臺北市:國立臺灣大學出版中心,2014。 [A New Interpretation of Hegel, NTU Philosophy Series. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2014.]
  3. Hegels Urteilskritik: Systematische Untersuchungen zum Grundproblem der spekulativen Logik. [Hegel’s Critique of Judgment: Systematic Investigations tot he Fundamental Problem of Speculative Logic] Jena-sophia: Studien und Editionen zum Deutschen Idealismus und zur Frühromantik, Section II (Studies), vol. 6. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2004.


  1. “Kant’s Concept of Cognition and the Key to the Whole Secret of Metaphysics.” In The Palgrave Kant Handbook, ed. Matthew C. Altman. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
  2. “Hegel’s Critique of Foundationalism and its Implications for Husserl’s Dream of Rigorous Science.” In Hegel and the Phenomenological Movement, ed. Alfredo Ferrarin, Dermot Moran, Elisa Magrì and Danilo Manca. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.
  3. “On the Possibility of a Disembodied Mind.” In Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, vol. 2, ed. Hans Feger, Dikun Xie, Wang Ge. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming.
  4. “Hegels Verwirklichung des Kantischen Autonomiebegriffs.” In Hegel-Jahrbuch, forthcoming.
  5. “Kreationismus in verschiedenen Kulturen und Ländern in West und Ost heute.” In Streitfall Evolution: Eine Kulturgeschichte, ed. Angela Schwarz. Wien: Böhlau Verlag, forthcoming.
  6. “From ‘I Think’ to ‘I Exist’: Remarks on Descartes and Kant.” In Idealismus und Idealismuskritik: Subjekt, Person und Zeit, ed. Hans Feger and Tze-Wan Kwan. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, forthcoming.
  7. “From Descartes’ Foundationalism to Husserl’s Presuppositionless Philosophy.” In Phenomenology and History of Philosophy, ed. Tze-Wan Kwan and Kwok-Ying Lau, Orbis Phaenomenologicus. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, forthcoming.
  8. “A Deflationary Approach to Hegel’s Metaphysics.” In Hegel and Metaphysics: On Logic and Ontology in the System, ed. Allegra de Laurentiis in collaboration with Soren Whited. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2016, 27–42.
  9. 〈康德的自由與自發性〉,《人文及社會科學集刊》,第二十八卷,第一期 (2016),105–132。 [“Kant’s Freedom and Spontaneity.” In Journal of Social Sciences and Philosophy, vol. 28, no. 1 (2016): 105–132.]
  10. “Transcendental Concepts, Transcendental Truths and Objective Validity.” In Kantian Review 20, 3 (2015): 455–466.
  11. “Cogito, das” (331–2), “Gedankenwesen” (690), “Materialismus” (1465–6), “Sinn, innerer” (2100–3), “Sinnenwelt” (2108–9), “Spekulation, spekulativ” (2143–5), “Spiritualismus” (2154–5). In Kant-Lexikon, ed. Marcus Willaschek, Jürgen Stolzenberg, Georg Mohr and Stefano Bacin. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015.
  12. “Die Ambition der Kantischen Metaphysik: Entwurf einer transzendental-funktionalist-ischen Interpretation.” In Das neue Bedürfnis nach Metaphysik, ed. Markus Gabriel, Wolfram Hogrebe, Andreas Speer. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015, 93–111.
  13. “Kant’s Transcendental Functionalism.” In The Review of Metaphysics 68 (December 2014): 371–394.
  14. 〈黑格爾的絕對知識與歷史理性〉,《哲學分析》,第五卷第五期 (2014),34–50。
    [“Hegel’s Absolute Knowledge and Historical Reason.” In Philosophical Analysis 5/5 (2014), 34–50.]
  15. 〈黑格爾論歷史進程〉,《華梵人文學報》,第二十二期 (2014),43–70。[“Hegel on the Progress of History.” In Huafan Journal of Humanities 22 (2014), 41–70.]
  16. 〈黑格爾的判斷形式批判及其形上學意含涵〉,《揭諦》,第二十五期 (2013),33–74。 [“Hegel’s Critique of the Form of Judgment and Its Metaphysical Implications.” In Aletheia 25: 33–]
  17. “Die Ontologie des transzendentalen Idealismus.” In The Fate of Reason: Contemporary Understanding of Enlightenment, ed. Hans Feger. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013: 189–205.
  18. 〈《精神現象學》中的思辯命題〉,《歐美研究》,第四十三卷第二期 (2013),415–453。[“The Speculative Proposition in the Phenomenology of Spirit.” In EurAmerica 43:2 (2013): 415–453]
  19. “The Sovereignty of Reason: Making Sense of Hegel’s Philosophy of Objective Spirit.” In Idealistic Studies 41:3 (2011): 167–185.
  20. “Self-Cognition in Transcendental Philosophy.” In Cultivating Personhood: Kant and Asian Philosophy, ed. Stephen R. Palmquist. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010: 99–108.
  21. “Kant’s Epistemological Reorientation of Ontology.” In Kant Yearbook 2: Metaphysics (2010): 123–145.
  22. 〈亞里士多德範疇論〉,《臺大文史哲學報》,第七十二期 (2010),67–95。[“Aristotle’s Theory of Categories.” In Humanitas Taiwanica 72 (2010): 67–95] (Chinese)
  23. “The Aristotelian-Kantian and Hegelian Approaches to Categories.” In The Owl of Minerva 40:1 (Fall/Winter 2008-09): 77–114.
  24. “Freedom, Spontaneity and the Noumenal Perspective.” In Kant-Studien 99:3 (2008): 312–338.
  25. 〈全無預設的哲學?——論胡塞爾與黑格爾〉,《東吳哲學學報》,第十八期 (2008),57–93。[“Presuppositionless Philosophy? – On Husserl and Hegel.” In Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (2008): 57–93]
  26. 〈康德超驗哲學的自我認知問題〉,《國立臺灣大學哲學論評》,第三十五期 (2008),37–82。[“The Problem of Self-Cognition in Kant’s Transcendental Philosophy.” In NTU Philosophical Review 35 (2008): 37–82]
  27. “Absoluteness and Historicity: Hegel’s Idea of a Self-Transcending System.” In Von der Logik zur Sprache, ed. Rüdiger Bubner and Gunnar Hindrichs. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2007: 109–134.
  28. “Language and Metaphysics: The Dialectics of Hegel’s Speculative Proposition.” In Hegel and Language, ed. J. Surber. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2006: 55–74.
  29. 〈黑格爾思辯哲學與分析哲學之發展〉,《國立政治大學哲學學報》,第十五期 (2006),81–134。[“Hegel’s Speculative Philosophy and the Development of Analytic Philosophy.” In NCCU Philosophical Journal 15 (2006): 81–134]
  30. “Urteilsformen und Kategorienlehre: Die Aristotelisch-Kantische und die Hegelsche Konzeption.” In Hegels Lehre vom Begriff, Urteil und Schluss, ed. A. Arndt, C. Iber and G. Kruck. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2006: 80–99.
  31. “Spekulative Philosophie als sich vollbringender Kritizismus.” In Die freie Seite der Philosophie: Skeptizismus in Hegelscher Perspektive, ed. Bowman and K. Vieweg. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2006: 125–138.
  32. “The Problem of Method in Transcendental Philosophy.” In Kant zwischen West und Ost: Zum Gedenken an Kants 200. Todestag und 280. Geburtstag, ed. W. Bryuschinkin, vol. 1. Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad University Press, 2005, 189–199.
  33. “Die Sprachlichkeit des Wahren und Hegels Kritik des ‘unmittelbaren Wissens’.” In Hegel-Jahrbuch 2004: Glauben und Wissen. II. Teil, ed. A. Arndt, K. Bal, H. Ottmann. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2004: 203–208.
  34. “The Space of Reasons and the Realm of Freedom.” In Knowledge and Belief: Papers of the 26th International Wittgenstein Symposium, ed. Löffler and P. Weingartner. Kirchberg am Wechsel: Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, 2003: 196–198.
  35. “Transzendenz in der Immanenz: Die Dialektik der Grenze und Hegels Idee einer spekulativen Metaphysik.” In Grenzen und Grenzüberschreitungen, ed. W. Hogrebe. Bonn: Sinclair Press, 2002: 947–957.
  36. “Die Struktur der transzendentalen Deduktion und das Problem des Selbstbewusstseins.” In Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung, vol. 2, ed. V. Gerhardt, R.-P. Horstmann and R. Schumacher. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2001: 362–371.
  37. “Voraussetzungs- und Bestimmungslosigkeit: Bemerkungen zum Problem des Anfangs in Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik.” In Perspektiven der Philosophie: Neues Jahrbuch 26, 2000: 287–323.