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Short bio

Cristina Pecchia (PhD 2003, University of Rome “La Sapienza”) is a philologist working primarily with texts in Sanskrit. She specializes in Indian and Buddhist philosophy (especially epistemology and the Yogācāra tradition), and also has a strong research interest in the history of Ayurveda and the intellectual history of South Asia, with a special focus on the history of philology.

She currently works within the framework of the stand-alone project The Nobles’ Truths in Indian Buddhist Epistemology, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). This is a follow-up of her FWF project Indian Buddhist Epistemology and the Path to Liberation (2013–2016). She has received grants and awards from the Italian Foreign Office, the Jan Gonda Foundation, Leiden University, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and has collaborated within the framework of three FWF projects on Philosophy and Medicine in Early Classical India (2006–2012). At the University of Vienna she teaches courses on Indian philosophy and on manuscript and print cultures in South Asia.

Monographs and edited volumes

Cristina Pecchia, Johanna Buss and Alaka A. Chudal (eds.), 2021
Print Cultures in the Making in 19th and 20th-Century South Asia: Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries. (Special issue of the journal Philological Encounters 6:1–2.) Brill, 2021 (download chapters or order online).

Cristina Pecchia and Vincent Eltschinger (eds.), 2020
Mārga. Paths to Liberation in South Asian Buddhist Traditions. Papers from an International Symposium held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 17–18 December, 2015. (BKGA 100.) Wien: VÖAW, 2020 (order online).

Cristina Pecchia, 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. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015 (order online).

forthcoming, Cristina Pecchia (ed.), Editors of Sanskrit Texts. Materials for a history of philology in South Asia. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Wien. Book manuscript under preparation.

forthcoming, Karin Preisendanz, Philipp A. Maas, and Cristina Pecchia, 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.


  • 2021 (with Johanna Buss and Alaka A. Chudal) “Print Cultures in the Making in 19th- and 20th-Century South Asia: Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries”. In: C. Pecchia, J. Buss, A. Chudal (eds.), Print Cultures in the Making in 19th- and 20th-Century South Asia. Special issue of Philological Encounters 6 (2021): 1-14. DOI:10.1163/24519197-BJA10019 [Open access].
  • 2021 “Diachronic Migration of Ancient Indian Medical Literature. Divisions and Paratextual Elements in the Carakasaṃhitā.” In: Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, Jacob Schmidt-Madsen, and Sara Speyer (eds.), Body and Cosmos. Studies in Early Indian Medical and Astral Sciences in Honor of Kenneth G. Zysk. [Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series 20] Brill, Leiden and Boston 2021, pp. 52-76.
  • 2020 “Dharmakīrti on the Role of Salvific Initiation and the Reception of His Critique in the Later Śaiva Tradition.” In: Kellner, P. McAllister, H. Lasic, and S. McClintock (eds.), Reverberations of Dharmakīrti’s Philosophy: Proceedings of the Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference Heidelberg, August 26 to 30, 2014, Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, pp. 363–374.
  • 2020 “Seeing as Cognizing: Perception, Concepts, and Meditation Practice in Indian Buddhist Epistemology”. Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatique 74 (2020) (aop).
  • 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. Manohar Lal, Delhi 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. Italian School of East Asian Studies, Kyoto 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.
  • 2009 “Transmitting the Carakasaṃhitā. Notes for a History of the Tradition”, Indian Journal of History of Science 44, 2009: 141-161 (for a corrected version see the 2013 publication).
  • 2008 “Is the Buddha like “a Man in the Street”? Dharmakīrti’s Answer”, Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 51 (2007-2008), 2008: 163-192.