Cristina Pecchia

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  • Dr. Cristina Pecchia

Cristina Pecchia studied Sanskrit and Tibetan, then Philosophy of Language, Latin, Greek, and Italian philology at “La Sapienza”, Rome. Under the guidance of Professor Raffaele Torella, she produced a critical edition and study of Manorathanandin’s Pramāṇavārttikavṛtti on Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika, Pramāṇasiddhi 190–240 (together with and Vibhūticandra’s notes), which she submitted as a doctoral thesis in 2003. In the framework of her doctoral studies, she came to Vienna to study with Ernst Steinkellner and his team. She was then invited by Karin Preisendanz to collaborate to the FWF project “Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India” (2006), based in Vienna, where she worked until 2012. At the end of 2012 she was for three months at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden (the Netherlands), with the Jan Gonda Foundation Fellowship.

She currently works in Vienna, at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her stand-alone project, “Indian Buddhist epistemology and the path to liberation”, is financed by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

 Select Publications 

  • 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 (ed.), 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 (ed.), Text genealogy, textual criticism and editorial technique (= Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 52–53 [2009–2010]), 2010: 121–159.

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