Short bio

Pascale Hugon studied Indology and Tibetology at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Her primary focus of research is the philosophical literature of Buddhism, in particular epistemology and Madhyamaka. She studies its transmission to Tibet, Tibetan interpretations, and indigenous elaborations. Following the fortunate recovery of significant texts by authors of the bKa’ gdams pa school, her current research is examining the development of Tibetan scholasticism in the 11th–13th c. Her publications include editions, translations and thematic studies based on Sanskrit and Tibetan materials.

Hugon is the head of the FWF project "Buddhist narratives and 'Tibetan' ethnogenesis" (2021–2025) and she is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project "The dawn of Tibetan Buddhist scholasticism (11th–13th c.)" (TibSchol, CoG 101001002) (2021–2026).

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Recent publications

  • Hugon, Pascale, and Kyeongjin Choi, Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge on the invalidating argument in the proof of momentariness. Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies 44 (2021) 209–244. (DOI 10.2143/JIABS.44.0.3290293). PDF. The edition of the section translated in the article is available here (PDF).
  • Mapping recently recovered early Tibetan epistemological works. In: Volker Caumanns, Jörg Heimbel, Kazuo Kano, and Alexander. Schiller (eds.), Gateways to Tibetan Studies: A Collection of Essays in Honour of David P. Jackson on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, 2 vols. Hamburg: Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Universität Hamburg (Indian and Tibetan Studies 12.1–2), 2021, pp. 415–460. PDF.
  • Wonders in margine: Mapping the Madhyamaka Network of Gyamarwa Jangchupdrak. Journal of South Asian Intellectual History 3.2 (2020) 123–147. PDF (author manuscript); Link.


Pascale Hugon, Takashi Iwata, Toshikazu Watanabe (eds.), 2020
Dharmottara's Pramāṇaviniścayaṭīkā Chapter 3. Diplomatic Edition by Pascale Hugon in collaboration with Takashi Iwata and Toshikazu Watanabe. (STTAR 21.) Beijing: China Tibetology Publishing House; Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2020 (order online or download [open access]).

Pascale Hugon, Birgit Kellner (eds.), 2020
Rethinking Scholastic Communities. medieval worlds. comparative & interdisciplinary studies 12 (2020), 2–120 (download [open access]).


Pascale Hugon, Jonathan Stoltz, 2019
The Roar of a Tibetan Lion: Phya pa Chos kyi seng ge's Theory of Mind in Philosophical and Historical Perspective. (BKGA 97.) Wien: VÖAW, 2019 (order online or download [open access]).

Pascale Hugon, Toru Tomabechi (eds.), 2011
Dharmakīrti's Pramāṇaviniścaya: Chapter 3 (parārthānumāna) critically edited. (STTAR 8.) Beijing, Vienna: China Tibetology Publishing House and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2011.

Pascale Hugon, 2008
Trésors du raisonnement: Sa skya Paṇḍita et ses prédécesseurs tibétains sur les modes de fonctionnement de la pensée et le fondement de lʼinférence. Edition et traduction annotée du quatrième chapitre et d’une section du dixième chapitre du Tshad ma rigs pa’i gter. (WSTB 69.1-2.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2008 (order online).

Pascale Hugon, 2004
mTshur ston gZhon nu seng ge: Tshad ma shes rab sgron ma. (WSTB 60.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2004 (order online).

Pascale Hugon, 2002
Le rTags kyi rnam gźag rigs lam gsal ba'i sgron me de Glo bo mkhan chen bSod nams lhun grub: Un manuel tibétain d'introduction à la logique. Édition et traduction annotée. (WSTB 55.) Wien: Arbeitskreis für tibetische und buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 2002 (order online).