Cristina Pecchia

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  • Dr. Cristina Pecchia

Cristina Pecchia specializes in Indian and Buddhist philosophy, in particular Buddhist epistemology. She also has a strong research interest in the āyurvedic tradition, in textual criticism and manuscript studies with reference to Sanskrit texts, 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 in Sanskrit and Tibetan, Philosophy of Language, Latin, Greek, and Italian philology 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, where she obtained a training in teaching 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 has conducted a research project titled Indian Buddhist epistemology and the path to liberation, with funding from the Austrian Science Fund (completed in September 2016). She has previously collaborated to three 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.

She is currently working on A discussion concerning the Buddha’s omniscience, as reflected in Dharmakīrti's work and related Indian texts from the fifth to the seventh century.



  • 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.

Recent Articles

  • 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. (The publication is available at
  • 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.
  • 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

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