Professor Lau Chong Fuk from the Department of Philosophy has been one of the ten awardees of the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme in 2022-2023.
As a scholar focusing on Kant’s philosophy, Professor Lau’s research project “Kant without Thing-in-Itself: The Unity of Transcendental Psychology and Metaphysics” is funded by the RGC HSSPFS* in the amount of around HK$850,000 for 12 months. Professor Lau shared that he is very honored to receive the HSSPFS and thankful for the support from the University.
This project draws on Professor Lau’s decades-long research on Kant’s theoretical philosophy, as well as his developed framework for interpreting Kant’s philosophy, which is aimed at appropriately explaining Kant’s way of accounting for the objective structure of reality based on a theory of necessary cognitive functions. This framework also allows an interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism without the commitment of the existence of things in themselves.
*Introduced in 2012-2013, the Research Grants Council (RGC) Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship Scheme (HSSPFS) aims at granting extended time-off and supporting funds to outstanding investigators under the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel to enable them to focus on research work and writing.