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  • Dr. Marco Ferrante

Ph.D. in South Asian Studies, Marco Ferrante (born 1980) studied Sanskrit and classical Indian philosophy in Rome, at the 'Sapienza' university, under the guidance of Raffaele Torella and Vincenzo Vergiani. His scientific activity is mainly concerned with Brahmanical philosophical texts, especially those relevant to the fields of epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of language. He dedicated his doctoral dissertation to an analysis and a partial translation of Vṛṣabhadeva’s Sphuṭākṣarā, a commentary on the first chapter of Bhartṛhari’s Vākyapadīya (5th c. CE), perhaps the most influential work on linguistics of classical India. In November 2013 Marco Ferrante joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences as a post-doc researcher, participating in the project “Language and action in early Brahmanical Philosophy”, led by Vincent Eltschinger and funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund). The project revolved around the figure and the work of Maṇḍana Miśra (660-720), and aimed at producing an annotated translation of Maṇḍana’s Vidhiviveka, with an in-depth analysis of several portions of Vācaspati Miśra’s commentary on it (Nyāyakaṇikā, 10th c. CE). Since August 2015 he has been working in the framework of a further FWF-funded project, led by Marion Rastelli. The undertaking aims at investigating the impact earlier Brahmanical and Buddhist philosophies had on the Pratyabhijñā school of Kashmir, with particular reference to metaphysical and epistemological issues.

Main Publications

  • 2017 “Studies on Bhartṛhari and the Pratyabhijñā: the case of svasaṃvedana”. Proceedings of the Conference of the Society for the Tantric Studies. Religions 2017 8, 145; [1]
  • 2017 “Bhartṛhari and verbal testimony. A hyper-antireductionist approach?” in D. Cuneo–E. Freschi–C. Formigatti (eds.). Not Far Afield: Asian Perspectives on Sexuality, Testimony and Print Culture. A Coffee Break Project. Kervan 21: 227-246. [2]
  • 2016 “On ṛṣis and yogins: Immediate and Mediate Extraordinary Cognitions in Early Brahmanical Thought”. In R. Torella–M. Franceschini–T. Pontillo–C. Pieruccini–A. Rigopoulos–F. Sferra (eds.). Proceedings of the Meeting of the Italian Association of Sanskrit Studies. Rivista degli Studi Orientali. Supplemento 2, vol. LXXXIX, 41-62.
  • 2015 "Vṛṣabhadeva on the status of ordinary phenomena: between Bhartṛhari and Advaita Vedānta". Journal of Indian Philosophy 43.1: 61-83.
  • 2014 "General introduction” in A. Keidan (ed.) The Study of South Asia between Antiquity and Modernity. Parallels and Comparisons. Rivista degli Studi Orientali. Supplemento 2: 9-11.
  • 2014 "Language as a way of Salvation. An Introduction" in A. Keidan (ed.) The Study of South Asia between Antiquity and Modernity. Parallels and Comparisons. Rivista degli Studi Orientali. Supplemento 2: 113-116.
  • 2014 “How to obtain salvation through Language? Bhartṛhari on Śabdapūrvayoga in A. Keidan (ed.) The Study of South Asia between Antiquity and Modernity. Parallels and Comparisons. Rivista degli Studi Orientali. Supplemento 2: 161-176.
  • 2013 “Vṛṣabhadeva's Sphuṭākṣarā on Bhartṛhari's metaphysics: commentarial strategy and new interpretations". Journal of Indian Philosophy 41.2: 133-149.

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