LAU, Chong-fuk

Professor, Division Head

B.Eng., M.Phil. (CUHK); Dr.phil. (Heidelberg)
Rm 423

Brief Biography

Professor Lau received his Bachelor of Engineering in Information Engineering and M.Phil. in Philosophy from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and PhD in Philosophy from Heidelberg University, Germany. Upon completion of his doctoral degree, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and taught briefly at the Institute of Philosophy of Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. He has been teaching at The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2004. His research interests include classical German philosophy, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He enjoys traveling, football, and various outdoor activities; he is also a paragliding pilot.

Current Positions:

  • Head of Graduate Division, Department of Philosophy
  • Associate Chairman, Department of Philosophy
  • Director, Archive for Phenomenology and Contemporary Philosophy
  • Director, Research Centre for Humanities Computing
  • Warden, Student Hostel II, Shaw College

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


  1. 《都付哲談中:當代世界的十個大哉問》,與王偉雄合著,通識教育叢書。香港:中文大學出版社,2022。[Philosophical Exchanges on Ten Big Questions, co-authored with Wai-Hung Wong, General Education Series. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2022.]
  2. 《黑格爾新釋》,繁體中文修訂版:臺大哲學叢書。臺北市:國立臺灣大學出版中心,2020。 [A New Interpretation of Hegel, revised traditional Chinese edition. NTU Philosophy Series. Taipei: National Taiwan University Press, 2020.]
  3. 《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.]
  4. 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 Negative Noumena as Abstracta,” in The Being of Negation in Post-Kantian Philosophy, ed. Gregory Moss. Dordrecht: Springer, 2022, 33–55.
  2. 〈康德超驗心理學與形上學的統合〉,《歐美研究》,第五十二卷第一期 (2022),81–113。[“The Unity of Kant’s Transcendental Psychology and Metaphysics.” In EurAmerica 52: 1 (2022): 83–115.]
  3. 〈從自由之實現到世界政府:論康德與黑格爾之國際秩序概念〉,與婁振業合著,《國立政治大學哲學學報》,第四十七期 (2022),77–114。[“From the Realization of Freedom to a World Government: On Kant’s and Hegel’s Conceptions of International Order,” co-authored with Chun-Yip Lowe. In NCCU Philosophical Journal 47 (2022): 77–114.]
  4. “From the Kantian to the Hegelian Court of Reason,” In The Court of Reason: Proceedings of the 13th International Kant Congress, ed. Beatrix Himmelmann and Camilla Serck-Hanssen. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter, 2021, 337–348.
  5. 〈康德的超驗觀念論與經驗實在論〉,《東吳哲學學報》,第四十三期 (2021),1–32。[“Kant’s Transcendental Idealism and Empirical Realism.” In Soochow Journal of Philosophical Studies 43 (2021): 1–32.]
  6. “The Life of Individuality: Modernity, Panopticon, and Dataism.” In AI for Everyone: Benefitting from and Building Trust in the Technology, ed. Jiro Kojuryo, Catharina Maracke and Toby Walsh. AI Access Books, 2020, 57–70.
  7. “Hegel’s Critique of Foundationalism and its Implications for Husserl’s Dream of Rigorous Science.” In Hegel and Phenomenology, ed. Alfredo Ferrarin, Dermot Moran, Elisa Magrì and Danilo Manca. Dordrecht: Springer, 2019, 61–75.
  8. 〈ヘーゲルの自由の論理学〉,《ヘーゲル哲学研究》,上田尚德、真田美沙譯,第24號 (2018),10–21。 [“Hegel’s Logic of Freedom.” In Studies of Hegel’s Philosophy, trans. Hisanori Kamoda and Misa Sanada, vol. 24 (2018): 10–21.]
  9. “Hegels Verwirklichung des Kantischen Autonomiebegriffs.” In Hegel-Jahrbuch 2017: Hegels Antwort auf Kant II, ed. Andreas Arndt, Brady Bowman, Myriam Gerhard. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2017: 192–196.
  10. “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, 2017, 117–137.
  11. “On the Possibility of a Disembodied Mind.” In Yearbook for Eastern and Western Philosophy, vol. 2: Embodiment. Phenomenology East/West, ed. Hans Feger, Dikun Xie, Wang Ge. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2017, 338–52.
  12. “Kreationismus in verschiedenen Kulturen und Ländern in West und Ost heute.” In Streitfall Evolution: Eine Kulturgeschichte, ed. Angela Schwarz. Wien: Böhlau Verlag, 2017, 210–221.
  13. “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.
  14. 〈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.]
  15. “Transcendental Concepts, Transcendental Truths and Objective Validity.” In Kantian Review 20, 3 (2015): 455–466.
  16. “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.
  17. “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.
  18. “Kant’s Transcendental Functionalism.” In The Review of Metaphysics 68 (December 2014): 371–394.
  19. 〈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.]
  20. 〈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.]
  21. 〈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–]
  22. “Die Ontologie des transzendentalen Idealismus.” In The Fate of Reason: Contemporary Understanding of Enlightenment, ed. Hans Feger. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013: 189–205.
  23. 〈《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]
  24. “The Sovereignty of Reason: Making Sense of Hegel’s Philosophy of Objective Spirit.” In Idealistic Studies 41:3 (2011): 167–185.
  25. “Self-Cognition in Transcendental Philosophy.” In Cultivating Personhood: Kant and Asian Philosophy, ed. Stephen R. Palmquist. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2010: 99–108.
  26. “Kant’s Epistemological Reorientation of Ontology.” In Kant Yearbook 2: Metaphysics (2010): 123–145.
  27. 〈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)
  28. “The Aristotelian-Kantian and Hegelian Approaches to Categories.” In The Owl of Minerva 40:1 (Fall/Winter 2008-09): 77–114.
  29. “Freedom, Spontaneity and the Noumenal Perspective.” In Kant-Studien 99:3 (2008): 312–338.
  30. 〈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]
  31. 〈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]
  32. “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.
  33. “Language and Metaphysics: The Dialectics of Hegel’s Speculative Proposition.” In Hegel and Language, ed. J. Surber. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2006: 55–74.
  34. 〈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]
  35. “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.
  36. “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.
  37. “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.
  38. “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.
  39. “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.
  40. “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.
  41. “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.
  42. “Voraussetzungs- und Bestimmungslosigkeit: Bemerkungen zum Problem des Anfangs in Hegels Wissenschaft der Logik.” In Perspektiven der Philosophie: Neues Jahrbuch 26, 2000: 287–323.