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 (with 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 projects “Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India”, based in Vienna, where she worked from 2006 to 2012. At the end of 2012 she was for three months Jan Gonda Foundation Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden (the Netherlands).

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).



  • 2015 Dharmakīrti on the Cessation of Suffering. A Critical Edition with Translation and Comments of Manorathanandinʼs Vṛtti and Vibhūticandraʼs Glosses on Pramāṇavārttika II.190-216. Brill, Leiden. Expected date: July 2015.

• (editor), Editing Sanskrit texts. Practices, methods, and dynamics in premodern and modern South Asia. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Wien. Book manuscript under preparation.

  • 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”. Final 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.
  • 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.

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