Short bio

Born in 1979, Patrick McAllister received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Vienna in 2005, and a PhD from the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, in 2011 (supervised by Helmut Krasser). He has been working at the IKGA since July 2016.

His primary research interest is the development of Buddhist epistemological theories during the 9th to 11th centuries (primarily in the works of Prajñākaragupta, Jñānaśrīmitra, and Ratnakīrti).

He is also engaged in projects of the digital humanities, in particular EAST, a tool to collect bibliographical and prosopographical information on South Asian and Tibetan literature, and SARIT, a library of electronic Indic texts encoded according to the TEI Guidelines.


Patrick McAllister, 2020
Ratnakīrti's Proof of Exclusion. (BKGA 98.) Wien: VÖAW, 2020 (order online or download [open access]).

Edited books

Patrick McAllister (ed.), 2017
Reading Bhaṭṭa Jayanta on Buddhist Nominalism. (BKGA 95.) Wien: VÖAW, 2017 (order online).

Patrick McAllister, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Helmut Krasser (eds.), 2015
Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya. (BKGA 83.) Wien: VÖAW, 2015 (download [open access] or order online).


PhD dissertation

"Ratnakīrti's Apohasiddhi". PhD dissertation. 2011. See