Birgit Kellner

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Birgit Kellner serves as Director of the IKGA since December 2015. She holds an MA (Mag. phil.) in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria) and a PhD in Indian Philosophy from the University of Hiroshima (Japan). She studied primarily with Ernst Steinkellner and KATSURA Shoryu. Her area of specialization is contents and methods of philosophical analysis within Indian and Tibetan Buddhism.

After completing her PhD in 1999, Birgit Kellner conducted various independent research projects at the universities of Vienna and Hamburg, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2008 she was Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Shortly after being promoted to tenure at the University of Vienna in 2009, she took up the position of Professor in Buddhist Studies (full professor) at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” of the University of Heidelberg in April 2010. In 2014 she was elected Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, which she then joined as researcher at, and director of, the IKGA in 2015. The University of Heidelberg subsequently awarded her an honorary professorship.

Birgit Kellner is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, board member of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, and, in Vienna, member of CIRDIS, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History at the University of Vienna. She serves on editorial and advisory boards of renowned publication series in her field as well as in interdisciplinary contexts, and has acted as expert reviewer for, among others, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Research Foundation DFG, the Union of German Academies of Science, and the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF.

Birgit Kellner was elected member of the DFG Fachkollegium 106 "Außereuropäische Sprachen und Kulturen, Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Judaistik und Religionswissenschaft", for the period 2016-2019.

Select Publications

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • Ed., together with Sara McClintock: "ākāra in Buddhist Philosophical and Soteriological Analysis". Special issue, Journal of Indian Philosophy 42/2-3. 2014.
  • Ed., together with Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic and Eli Franco: "Religion and Logic in Buddhist Philosophical Analysis". Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakīrti Conference. Vienna, August 23–27, 2005. Wien 2011: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Ed., "Buddhist Theories of Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana): Reception and Critique". Special issue, Journal of Indian Philosophy 38/3. 2009.
  • Ed., together with Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik: “Denkt Asien anders?” Göttingen 2009: V & R Unipress.
  • Ed., together with Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Michael-Torsten Much and Helmut Tauscher: “Pramāṇakīrti. Papers dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the occasion of his 70th birthday”. Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 70.1 and 70.2. Wien 2007: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien.
  • "Jñānaśrīmitra’s Anupalabdhirahasya and Sarvaśabdābhāvacarcā: A Critical Edition with a Survey of his Anupalabdhi-Theory". Wien 2007: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 67.
  • "Nichts bleibt nichts. Die buddhistische Zurückweisung von Kumārilas abhāvapramāṇa. Übersetzung und Interpretation von Śāntarakṣitas Tattvasaṅgraha vv. 1647-1690 mit Kamalaśīas Tattvasaṅgrahapañjikā sowie Ansätze und Arbeitshypothesen zur Geschichte negativer Erkenntnis in der indischen Philosophie." Wien 1997: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 39.


  • "Vernacular Literacy in Tibet : Present Debates and Historical Beginnings". In: Norbert Kössinger, Elke Krotz, Stephan Müller, Pavlína Rychterová: Anfangsgeschichten / Origin Stories. Der Beginn volkssprachiger Schriftlichkeit in komparatistischer Perspektive / The Rise of Vernacular Literacy in a Comparative Perspective. Paderborn 2018: Wilhelm Fink, 381-399.
  • "Proofs of Idealism in Indian Buddhist Epistemology: Dharmakīrti's Refutation of External Objects." In: Joerg Tuske (ed.): Indian Epistemology and Metaphysics. London, etc. 2017: Bloomsbury Publishing, 103-128.
  • "Genealogy into the Future: Glimpses from Sangs rgyas rgya mtsho’s (1653–1705) Exposition of the Extended Dalai Lama Lineage". In: Eirik Hovden, Christina Lutter, Walter Pohl (ed.): Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia : Comparative Approaches. Leiden 2016: Brill, 203-231.
  • "Proving Idealism: Vasubandhu and Dharmakīrti." In: Jonardon Ganeri (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Indian Philosophy (2015). DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199314621.013.18. Note: This is the intended title; it was misleadingly changed in the process of editing and has become "Proving Idealism Dharmakīrti" in the online and print publication. The printed version appeared in 2017 (New York, etc.: Oxford University Press, 307-326).
  • with Sara Uckelman: "Dialectical Self-Refutation and Nāgārjuna’s Discussion in Six Points (ṣaṭkoṭiko vādaḥ)." In: Gregor Paul (ed.), Logic in Buddhist Scholasticism. From Philosophical, Historico-Philological and Comparative Perspectives. (LIRI Seminar Proceedings Series 7) Lumbini 2015: Lumbini International Research Institute, 101-133.
  • with John Taber: "Studies in Yogācāra-Vijñānavāda idealism I: The interpretation of Vasubandhu's Viṃśikā." Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques 68/3 (2014) 709-756.
  • "Changing Frames in Buddhist Thought: The Concept of ākāra in Abhidharma and in Buddhist Epistemological Analysis". In: Birgit Kellner, Sara McClintock (ed.): ākāra in Buddhist Philosophical and Soteriological Analysis. Journal of Indian Philosophy 42/2-3 (2014) 275-295.
  • “Dharmakīrti’s criticism of external realism and the sliding scale of analysis”. In: Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Eli Franco, Birgit Kellner (ed.): Religion and Logic in Buddhist Philosophical Analysis. Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakīrti Conference. Vienna, August 23–27, 2005. Wien 2011: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 291–298.
  • "Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana) in Dignāga’s Pramāṇasamuccaya and -vṛtti: a close reading”. In: Birgit Kellner (ed.): Buddhist Theories of Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana): Reception and Critique. Journal of Indian Philosophy 38/3 (2010) 203-231.
  • “Self-awareness (svasaṃvedana) and Infinite Regresses: a Comparison of Arguments by Dignāga and Dhar­makīrti”. Journal of Indian Philosophy 39/4-5 (2011) = Special issue on 14th World Sanskrit Conference (eds. Shōryū Katsura, Mark Siderits, Kiyotaka Yoshimizu), 411-426.
  • “Towards a Critical Edition of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika’‘. In: Jürgen Hanneder, Philipp A. Maas (eds.): Text Genealogy, Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 52-53 (2009-2010) 161-211.
  • “The Logical Reason Called virodhin in Vaiśeṣika and Its Significance for Connection-based Theories of Reasoning”. In: Brendan S. Gillon (ed.), Logic in Earliest Classical India. [Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference 10.2]. Delhi 2010: Motilal Banarsidass, 87-120.
  • “Buddhistische Theorien des Geistes — Intentionalität und Selbstbewusstsein’‘. In: Birgit Kellner, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (eds.), Denkt Asien anders? Göttingen 2009: V & R unipress, 55-75.
  • “A missing page from Durvekamiśra’s Dharmottarapradīpa on Nyāyabindu 3.15 and 3.18 in its context”. In: Francesco Sferra (ed.), Sanskrit Texts from Giuseppe Tucci’s Collection. Part I. Manuscripta Buddhica 1. Roma 2008: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 207-228.
  • together with Francesco Sferra: “A Palm-leaf Manuscript for Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika from the Collection kept by the Nepalese rājaguru Hemarāja Śarman”. In: Francesco Sferra (ed.), Sanskrit Texts from Giuseppe Tucci’s Collection. Part I. Manuscripta Buddhica 1. Roma 2008: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 229-248.
  • “Der Begriff der Seele in der buddhistischen Philosophie” In: Hans-Dieter Klein (ed.), Der Begriff der Seele in der Philosophiegeschichte. Der Begriff der Seele 2. Würzburg 2005: Königshausen und Neumann, 177-196.
  • “Sind Logik und Erkenntnistheorie buddhistisch? Über Selbstverständnis und Rolle der erkenntnistheoretisch-logischen Tradition des Buddhismus”. In: Lambert Schmithausen (ed.), Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd. IX – Facetten des Buddhismus – gibt es einen gemeinsamen Kern? Hamburg 2004: Universität Hamburg (Weiterbildendes Studium), 153-170.
  • “First logic, then the Buddha? Remarks on the chapter sequence of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika”. Hōrin 11 (2004) 147-167.
  • “Why Infer and not just Look? Dharmakīrti on the Psychology of Inferential Processes” In: Shôryû Katsura & Ernst Steinkellner (eds.), “The Role of the Example (dṛṣṭānta) in Classical Indian Logic”. Wien: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, vol. 58 (2004) 1-51.
  • “Integrating Negative Knowledge into Pramāṇa Theory: The Development of the dṛśyānupalabdhi in Dharmakīrti’s Earlier Works”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 31/1-3 (2003) 121-159.
  • “Negation – failure or success? Remarks on an allegedly characteristic trait of Dharmakīrti’s anupalabdhi-theory.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (2001), 495-517.
  • “Levels of (im)perceptibility. Dharmottara on the dṛśya in dṛśyānupalabdhi.” Katsura, Shôryû (ed.): Dharmakīrti’s Thought and Its Impact on Indian and Tibetan Philosophy. Proceedings of the 3rd Dhar-makīrti Conference, Hiroshima. November 4-6, 1997. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 193-208.
  • “upalabdhilakṣaṇaprāpti ni tsuite (On upalabdhilakṣaṇaprāpti).” (In Japanese). Indogaku Bukkyôgaku Kenkyû 46/2 (1997) 111-114.
  • “Non-cognition (anupalabdhi) – perception or inference? The views of Dharmottara and Jñānaśrīmitra.” Tetsugaku 49 (1997) 121-134.
  • “Types of Incompatibility (’gal ba) and Types of Non-cognition (ma/mi dmigs) in Early Tibetan tshad ma-Literature.” Helmut Krasser, Michael Torsten Much, Ernst Steinkellner, Helmut Tauscher (eds.): Tibetan Studies. Proceedings of the 7th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Graz 1995, 495-510. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • “There are no pots in the Ślokavārttika. ŚV abhāvapariccheda 11 and patterns of negative cognition in Indian philosophy.” Journal of the Oriental Institute (Baroda) 46/3-4, Sept.-Dec. 1996 (1999), 143-167.

General editor

Teaching and supervision

Further details on teaching experience (in German) are given in this PDF document: media:Kellner_lehruebersicht.pdf.

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