Cristina Pecchia

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  • Dr. Cristina Pecchia

Cristina Pecchia is a philologist working primarily with materials in Sanskrit. She specializes in Indian and Buddhist philosophy, in particular Buddhist epistemology; she also has a strong research interest in the Ayurvedic tradition and the intellectual history of South Asia from the premodern to the contemporary period, with a special focus on the history of philology.

Cristina Pecchia was trained at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (PhD 2003, MA 1991), at Delhi University (MA in Buddhist Studies, 1993), and at the University for Foreigners in Perugia (MA in Italian as a second language, 1995). In the framework of her doctoral studies, she came to Vienna in 2000 to study with Ernst Steinkellner and his team.

She currently works on her stand-alone project The Nobles’ Truths in Indian Buddhist Epistemology, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). This is a follow-up of the three-year FWF stand-alone project Indian Buddhist Epistemology and the Path to Liberation, completed in September 2016. She has previously collaborated to three FWF projects on Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India, directed by Karin Preisendanz and based at the University of Vienna and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2006–2012). She has received grants and awards from the Italian Foreign Office, the Jan Gonda Foundation, Leiden University, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. At the University of Vienna she teaches courses on aspects of Indian philosophy and on manuscript and print cultures in South Asia.


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  • forthcoming, together with Vincent Eltschinger (eds), Mārga. Paths to liberation in South Asian Buddhist traditions. Papers from an international symposium held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, December 17 – 18, 2015. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Wien. Book manuscript under preparation.
  • forthcoming, (editor), Editors of Sanskrit Texts. Materials for a history of philology in South Asia. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Wien. Book manuscript under preparation.
  • forthcoming, together with Karin Preisendanz and Philipp A. Maas, The Text of the Carakasaṃhitā Vimānasthāna 8, as critically edited in the FWF projects “Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India”. Book manuscript under preparation.

Articles and Book reviews

  • 2018 Book review of: Eli Franco and Miyako Notake, Dharmakīrti on the duality of the object: Pramāṇavārttika III 1-63. [Leipziger Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte Süd- und Zentralasiens 5] LIT-Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London 2014. In: Journal of the American Oriental Society 138.3, 2018: 662-665.
  • 2016 Book review of: Johannes Schneider. Eine buddhistische Kritik der indischen Götter. Śaṃkarasvāmins Devātiśayastotra mit Prajñāvarmans Kommentar. Nach dem tibetischen Tanjur herausgegeben und übersetzt. [Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 81] Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, Wien 2014. In: Journal of the American Oriental Society 136.2, 2016: 439-440.
  • 2014 “A discussion of Alex Watson’s The self's awareness of itself. With an addendum about the transmission of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇaviniścaya”. Rivista degli Studi Orientali 87, 2014: 107-119.
  • 2013 “Transmitting the Carakasaṃhitā. Notes for a history of the tradition.” In: Dominik Wujastyk, Anthony Cerulli, Karin Preisendanz (ed.), Medical Texts and Manuscripts in Indian Cultural History. Delhi: Manohar Lal, 2013: 1–27.
  • 2012 Book review of: Jean Papin, Caraka Samhita. Traité fondamental de la médecine ayurvédique. 2. Les thérapeutiques. Avant-propos de Guy et Sylvain Mazars. Introduction, traduction et notes de Jean Papin. Éditions Almora, Paris 2009. In: Indo-Iranian Journal 55, 2012: 171-174.
  • 2010 “Contradictions on the way to liberation: Dharmakīrti’s discussion.” In: Giacomella Orofino, Silvio Vita (eds.), Buddhist Asia 2. Papers from the Second Conference of Buddhist Studies held in Naples in June 2004. Kyoto: Italian School of East Asian Studies, 2010: 47–67.
  • 2010 “Transmission-specific (in)utility, or dealing with contamination: Samples from the textual tradition of the Carakasaṃhitā.” In: Jürgen Hanneder, Philipp A. Maas (guest eds.), "Text genealogy, textual criticism and editorial technique". Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 52–53 (2009–2010), 2010: 121–159. (The publication is available at
  • 2010 “The art of beginning”. Book review: Walter Slaje (ed.), Śāstrārambha. Inquiries into the preamble in Sanskrit. [Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 62] Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2008. In: Rivista di Studi Sudasiatici 4 (2009), 2010: 169-172.

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