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

  • 2020 Cristina Pecchia and Vincent Eltschinger (eds.), Mārga. Paths to Liberation in South Asian Buddhist Traditions. Papers from an international symposium held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, December 17–18, 2015. [Philosophisch-historische Klasse Sitzungsberichte, 900. Band, Beiträge zur Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens, Nr. 100] Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, Vienna 2020. Pages vi, 426.
  • 2015 Cristina Pecchia, 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/Boston 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.

Articles and Book reviews

  • 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).
  • 2019 Book review of: Christopher G. Framarin, Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy. [Routledge Hindu Studies Series 12] Routledge, London and New York 2009. In: Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 56-57 (2015-2018) 2019: 232-234.
  • 2018 Book review of: Eli Franco and Miyako Notake, Dharmakīrti on the Duality of the Object: Pramāṇavārttika III 1-63. [Leipziger Studien zu Kultur und Geschichte Süd- und Zentralasiens 5] LIT-Verlag, Berlin, Münster, Wien, Zürich, London 2014. In: Journal of the American Oriental Society 138.3, 2018: 662-665.
  • 2016 Book review of: Johannes Schneider. Eine buddhistische Kritik der indischen Götter. Śaṃkarasvāmins Devātiśayastotra mit Prajñāvarmans Kommentar. Nach dem tibetischen Tanjur herausgegeben und übersetzt. [Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 81] Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, Wien 2014. In: Journal of the American Oriental Society 136.2, 2016: 439-440.
  • 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.
  • 2012 Book review of: Jean Papin, Caraka Samhita. Traité fondamental de la médecine ayurvédique. 2. Les thérapeutiques. Avant-propos de Guy et Sylvain Mazars. Introduction, traduction et notes de Jean Papin. Éditions Almora, Paris 2009. In: Indo-Iranian Journal 55, 2012: 171-174.
  • 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.
  • 2010 “The Art of Beginning”. Book review of: Walter Slaje (ed.), Śāstrārambha. Inquiries into the Preamble in Sanskrit. [Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 62] Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden 2008. In: Rivista di Studi Sudasiatici 4 (2009), 2010: 169-172.
  • 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.