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Chong-Fuk Lau
Chinese University of Hong Kong
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    Transcendental Concepts, Transcendental Truths and Objective Validity.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2015 - Kantian Review 20 (3):445-466.
    Kant insists that the use of concepts must be subject to empirical conditions if they are to have objective validity. This article analyses Kants distinction between empirical and transcendental truths. Since transcendental concepts are pure concepts without spatio-temporal content, their objective validity is of the same second-order kind as that of unschematized categories. This characteristic of transcendental concepts implies that the cognitive powers picked out by them are not particular psychological mechanisms, but rather abstract functional structures. Transcendental concepts owe their (...)
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    Freedom, Spontaneity and the Noumenal Perspective.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2008 - Kant-Studien 99 (3):312-338.
    For Kant, both morality and the possibility of objective knowledge presuppose freedom. His theory of freedom is based on the distinction between phenomena and noumena, concepts which represent two different ways of viewing things. The question, however, is whether it is justified to take the noumenal perspective in addition to the phenomenal one. Isn’t freedom an illusion, if we regard ourselves as free, while in fact we are not? The crux of the problem lies in recognizing that there is no (...)
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    Kant’s Transcendental Functionalism.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2014 - Review of Metaphysics 68 (2):371-394.
    This paper develops a new functionalist interpretation of Kant that aims to unify his cognitive psychology with transcendental idealism. It argues that Kant’s faculty of cognition describes neither the phenomenal nor the noumenal mind, but a theoretical construct of the transcendental subject, comparable to the abstract Turing machine. This interpretation can be called “transcendental functionalism,” which determines what functions the mind has to realize if it is to be capable of objective cognition. Transcendental functionalism resolves problems associated with other functionalist (...)
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    Kant’s Epistemological Reorientation of Ontology.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2010 - Kant Yearbook 2 (1):123-146.
    This paper analyzes Kant’s epistemological reorientation of ontology, explaining in what sense Kant’s complex theory of transcendental idealism and empirical realism should be understood as an ontological realism under the framework of epistemological idealism. The paper shows that Kant’s concept of existence is only applicable to empirical objects in the spatiotemporal causal framework. Accordingly, not only things in themselves, but also epistemic conditions such as the transcendental subject and the faculties of sensibility and understanding cannot be said to exist. They (...)
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    The Aristotelian-Kantian and Hegelian Approaches to Categories.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2008 - The Owl of Minerva 40 (1):77-114.
    This paper analyzes and compares the doctrines of categories of Aristotle, Kant and Hegel, each of which is first discussed separately. The paper explains the essential double perspective of the problem, showing how a logico-linguistic analysis of the form of rational discourse serves for them as an important clue to ontological problems. Although Aristotle and Kant’s doctrines differ significantly, they both endorse a kind of isomorphism between language/thought and reality. By contrast, Hegel, who takes a critical attitude toward the capability (...)
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    Language and Metaphysics.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2006 - Proceedings of the Hegel Society of America 17:55-74.
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    Die Struktur der Transzendentalen Deduktion Und Das Problem des Selbstbewusstseins.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2001 - In Ralph Schumacher, Rolf-Peter Horstmann & Volker Gerhardt (eds.), Kant Und Die Berliner Aufklärung: Akten des Ix. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses. Bd. I: Hauptvorträge. Bd. Ii: Sektionen I-V. Bd. Iii: Sektionen Vi-X: Bd. Iv: Sektionen Xi-Xiv. Bd. V: Sektionen Xv-Xviii. De Gruyter. pp. 362-371.
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    A Deflationary Approach to Hegel’s Metaphysics.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2016 - In Allegra de Laurentiis (ed.), Hegel and Metaphysics: On Logic and Ontology in the System. De Gruyter. pp. 27-42.
    The paper outlines a deflationary interpretation of Hegel’s metaphysics, as presented in the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences. It focuses mainly on the Science of Logic as a theory of categories, which explores the movement of the Concept. The major idea is to read Hegel’s identification of logic and metaphysics as a thesis on deflating metaphysics into logic and semantics. Hegel’s metaphysics, which may better be called logico-metaphysics, does not describe the objective world directly. Rather, as a second-order theory, it (...)
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    Die Sprachlichkeit Des Wahren Und Hegels Kritik Des »unmittelbaren Wissens«.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2004 - Hegel-Jahrbuch 6 (1):203-208.
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    Hegel’s Critique of Foundationalism and Its Implications for Husserl’s Dream of Rigorous Science.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2019 - In Danilo Manca, Elisa Magrì, Dermot Moran & Alfredo Ferrarin (eds.), Hegel and Phenomenology. Springer Verlag. pp. 61-75.
    Hegel sees philosophy as the only rigorous science that does not have any presupposition, but he rejects the possibility of an absolute foundation for philosophy, instead maintaining that only the system as a whole can be free from all presuppositions. Hegel’s system lays claim to presuppositionlessness, not on the ground of any presuppositionless beginning, but rather as a holistic system of concepts in which inevitable presuppositions are made transparent and comprehended. This paper examines Hegel’s analysis of the concept of immediacy (...)
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    Hongkong Hegels Verwirklichung des Kantischen Autonomiebegriffs.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2017 - Hegel-Jahrbuch 2017 (1):192-196.
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  12. Hegels Urteilskritik: Systematische Untersuchungen zum Grundproblem der spekulativen Logik.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2004 - Munich, Germany: Wilhelm Fink.
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    The Sovereignty of Reason: Making Sense of Hegel's Philosophy of Objective Spirit.Chong-Fuk Lau - 2011 - Idealistic Studies 41 (3):167-185.
    This paper aims to make better sense of Hegel’s Philosophy of Objective Spirit and defend it against the charge of political conservatism and optimism. I will argue for the left Hegelian position in the theological-philosophical respect, thereby leaving the left-right divide in the social-political respect largely open. I will explain that Hegel’s commitment to the inherent rationality of the state and the course of human history as the progress of freedom does not imply blind optimism, since his thesis is not (...)
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