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).

McAllister is also engaged in projects of the digital humanities.  He significantly contributes to the conceptual, methodological and technical development of two resources: EAST, a tool to collect bibliographical and prosopographical information on the South Asian and Tibetan philosophical literature dealing with logic and
argumentation.  SARIT, a growing and dynamically developing library of Indic texts (mainly Sanskrit) which are encoded according to the TEI Guidelines.

McAllister also coordinates the focus area “Digital Asia” that cuts across all research areas at the Institute.  Its aims are to tap into the synergies of the digital efforts in individual research projects, and to promote the development of innovative computational methods in the Institute’s fields of research.



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