Elisa Freschi

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  • Dr. Elisa Freschi

Study of Indology and Tibetology and study of Philosophy in Rome. PhD in South Asian Studies. Elisa Freschi has worked on topics of Indian Philosophy (especially Mīmāṃsā and Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta) and more in general on comparative philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, deontic logic and on the re-use of texts in Indian śāstra (about which she has just edited a volume, published as two special issues of the Journal of Indian Philosophy). She is a convinced upholder of reading Sanskrit philosophical texts within their history and understanding them through a philosophical approach.

Elisa Freschi started working at the institute on September 1, 2012, with a Lise Meitner project on Epistemology of Sacred Texts in Vedāntadeśika's Seśvaramīmāṃsā. The project, at the conjunction of theology and philosophy, focused on Vedāntadeśika, the systematiser of Rāmānuja's Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta, and on his contribution to Mīmāṃsā. How could a Vaiṣṇava write from the point of view of a system which looks atheist and speaks of the Sacred Texts as instruments of knowledge, insofar as they have no author (not even a divine one)?

At the end of the Lise Meitner project, she worked at the TU with Agata Ciabattoni, Björn Lellmann and Francesco Genco at the formalisation of Mīmāṃsā's deontic logic. The first results of their efforts can be read in this article (target public: Indologists and philosophers) and in this one (target public: logicians or Indologists with a background in logic). A joint project on the formalisation of Mīmāṃsā deontic logic funded by the WWTF started in May 2017.

Since March 2015 she is back at the institute with an Elise Richter project on the topic of aikaśāstrya in Veṅkaṭanātha, aiming at the assessment of Veṅkaṭanātha's (re-)construction of what is now known as Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta. During the project, the existing editions of the Seśvaramīmāṃsā will be improved through the use of further manuscripts.


Elisa Freschi, 2012
Duty, language and exegesis in Prābhākara Mīmāṃsā: Including an edition and translation of Rāmānujācārya's Tantrarahasya, Śāstraprameyapariccheda. (Jerusalem Studies on the History of Religion 17.) Leiden: Brill, 2012.
Elisa Freschi, Tiziana Pontillo, 2013
Rule-extension strategies: Ritual, exegetical and linguistic considerations on the tantra- and prasaṅga-principles. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2013.

Edited Volumes (selection)

Elisa Freschi, et al., ed., 2011
The Study of Asia between Antiquity and Modernity: Proceedings of the First Coffee Break Conference. (Special issue of the Rivista di Studi Orientali, vol. LXXXIV.) Rome: Dipartimento di Studi Orientali dell'Università degli Studi di Roma «La Sapienza», 2011.
Elisa Freschi, ed., 2015
The reuse of texts in Indian philosophy. (Special issue of the Journal of Indian Philosophy 43:2–3 and 4–5.) Springer, 2015.
Elisa Freschi, Philipp André Maas, ed., 2017
Adaptive Reuse: Aspects of Creativity in South Asian Cultural History. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2017 (download [open access]).
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