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Birgit Kellner, Prof. Dr.

Wissenschaftler

Position

  • HCTS Professor "Buddhist Studies" (1 April 2010 to 30 November 2015)
  • Deputy Speaker, Research Area D "Historicities and Heritage"
  • HCTS-Professorin "Buddhist Studies"
  • Stellvertretende Sprecherin, Forschungsbereich D "Geschichte und Kulturerbe"

Kontaktinformationen

Email:
kellner@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

Projekte

Lebenslauf

Birgit Kellner holds an MA (Mag. phil.) in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria) and a PhD in Indian Philosophy from the University of Hiroshima (Japan). She studied primarily with Ernst Steinkellner and KATSURA Shoryu. Her area of specialization is philosophical analysis within Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. More specifically, she focuses on epistemology and logic, the so-called pramāṇa school founded by Dignaga and Dharmakirti, in its Indian context and its manifold forms in Tibet. She investigates Buddhist philosophy in its philological dimensions and historical context, and with a view to its general philosophical significance.

After completing her PhD in 1999, Birgit Kellner conducted various independent research projects at the universities of Vienna and Hamburg, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2008 she was Visiting Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. After earning tenure at the University of Vienna in 2009, she took up the position of Professor in Buddhist Studies (full professor, permanent appointment) at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” of the University of Heidelberg in April 2010. In Heidelberg, she aims to bring insights in Transcultural Studies formed within a large and interdisciplinary research cluster to bear on the study of Buddhism, including, but reaching beyond her own area of interest, which is Buddhist philosophy.

Birgit Kellner is a corresponding member (abroad) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is joint editor of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and of the monograph series Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde. She is also member of the scientific committee of the Annali dell’Università di Napoli “L’Orientale”.

Since her move to Heidelberg, Birgit Kellner has acted as expert reviewer for, among others, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Research Foundation DFG, the Union of German Academies of Science, and the Swiss National Science Foundation SNF. 

Beginning with December 1st, 2015, Birgit Kellner serves as Director of the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. 

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Authored Monographs

2007

  • Jñānaśrīmitra’s Anupalabdhirahasya and Sarvaśabdābhāvacarcā: A Critical Edition with a Survey of his Anupalabdhi-Theory. Wien: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 67. 

1997

  • Nichts bleibt nichts. Die buddhistische Zurückweisung von Kumārilas abhāvapramāṇa. Übersetzung und Interpretation von Śāntarakṣitas Tattvasaṅgraha vv. 1647-1690 mit Kamalaśīas Tattvasaṅgrahapañjikā sowie Ansätze und Arbeitshypothesen zur Geschichte negativer Erkenntnis in der indischen Philosophie. Wien: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 39. 

Edited Volumes

  • together with Sara McClintock: ākāra in Buddhist Philosophical and Soteriological Analysis. Special issue, Journal of Indian Philosophy 42/2-3. 2014.
  • together with Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic and Eli Franco: Religion and Logic in Buddhist Philosophical Analysis. Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakīrti Conference. Vienna, August 23–27, 2005. Wien 2011: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.
  • Buddhist Theories of Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana): Reception and Critique. Special issue, Journal of Indian Philosophy 38/3. 2009.
  • together with Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik: “Denkt Asien anders?” Göttingen 2009: V & R Unipress. 
  • together with Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Michael-Torsten Much and Helmut Tauscher: “Pramāṇakīrti. Papers dedicated to Ernst Steinkellner on the occasion of his 70th birthday”. Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde 70.1 and 70.2. Wien 2007: Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien.

Articles & Encyclopedia Entries

  • with John Taber: Studies in Yogācāra-Vijñānavāda idealism I: The interpretation of Vasubandhu's Viṃśikā. Asiatische Studien/Études Asiatiques 68/3 (2014) 709-756.
  • Changing Frames in Buddhist Thought: The Concept of ākāra in Abhidharma and in Buddhist Epistemological Analysis. In: Birgit Kellner, Sara McClintock (ed.): ākāra in Buddhist Philosophical and Soteriological Analysis. Journal of Indian Philosophy 42/2-3 (2014) 275-295.
  • “Dharmakīrti’s criticism of external realism and the sliding scale of analysis”. In: Helmut Krasser, Horst Lasic, Eli Franco, Birgit Kellner (ed.): Religion and Logic in Buddhist Philosophical Analysis. Proceedings of the Fourth International Dharmakīrti Conference. Vienna, August 23–27, 2005. Wien 2011: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 291–298.
  • Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana) in Dignāga’s Pramāṇasamuccaya and -vṛtti: a close reading”. In: Birgit Kellner (ed.): Buddhist Theories of Self-Awareness (svasaṃvedana): Reception and Critique. Journal of Indian Philosophy 38/3 (2010) 203-231.
  • “Self-awareness (svasaṃvedana) and Infinite Regresses: a Comparison of Arguments by Dignāga and Dhar­makīrti”. Journal of Indian Philosophy 39/4-5 (2011) = Special issue on 14th World Sanskrit Conference (eds. Shōryū Katsura, Mark Siderits, Kiyotaka Yoshimizu), 411-426.
  • “Towards a Critical Edition of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika’‘. In: Jürgen Hanneder, Philipp A. Maas (eds.): Text Genealogy, Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique. Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens 52-53 (2009-2010) 161-211.
  • “The Logical Reason Called virodhin in Vaiśeṣika and Its Significance for Connection-based Theories of Reasoning”. In: Brendan S. Gillon (ed.), Logic in Earliest Classical India. [Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference 10.2]. Delhi 2010: Motilal Banarsidass, 87-120. 
  • “Buddhistische Theorien des Geistes — Intentionalität und Selbstbewusstsein’‘. In: Birgit Kellner, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik (eds.), Denkt Asien anders? Göttingen 2009: V & R unipress, 55-75. 
  • “A missing page from Durvekamiśra’s Dharmottarapradīpa on Nyāyabindu 3.15 and 3.18 in its context”. In: Francesco Sferra (ed.), Sanskrit Texts from Giuseppe Tucci’s Collection. Part I. Manuscripta Buddhica 1. Roma 2008: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 207-228. 
  • together with Francesco Sferra: “A Palm-leaf Manuscript for Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika from the Collection kept by the Nepalese rājaguru Hemarāja Śarman”. In: Francesco Sferra (ed.), Sanskrit Texts from Giuseppe Tucci’s Collection. Part I. Manuscripta Buddhica 1. Roma 2008: Istituto Italiano per l’Africa e l’Oriente, 229-248. 
  • “Der Begriff der Seele in der buddhistischen Philosophie” In: Hans-Dieter Klein (ed.), Der Begriff der Seele in der Philosophiegeschichte. Der Begriff der Seele 2. Würzburg 2005: Königshausen und Neumann, 177-196. 
  • “Sind Logik und Erkenntnistheorie buddhistisch? Über Selbstverständnis und Rolle der erkenntnistheoretisch-logischen Tradition des Buddhismus”. In: Lambert Schmithausen (ed.), Buddhismus in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Bd. IX – Facetten des Buddhismus – gibt es einen gemeinsamen Kern? Hamburg 2004: Universität Hamburg (Weiterbildendes Studium), 153-170.  
  • “First logic, then the Buddha? Remarks on the chapter sequence of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika”. Hōrin 11 (2004) 147-167. 
  • “Why Infer and not just Look? Dharmakīrti on the Psychology of Inferential Processes” In: Shôryû Katsura & Ernst Steinkellner (eds.), “The Role of the Example (dṛṣṭānta) in Classical Indian Logic”. Wien: Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, vol. 58 (2004) 1-51. 
  • “Integrating Negative Knowledge into Pramāṇa Theory: The Development of the dṛśyānupalabdhi in Dharmakīrti’s Earlier Works”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 31/1-3 (2003) 121-159. 
  • “Negation – failure or success? Remarks on an allegedly characteristic trait of Dharmakīrti’s anupalabdhi-theory.” Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (2001), 495-517.  
  • “Levels of (im)perceptibility. Dharmottara on the dṛśya in dṛśyānupalabdhi.” Katsura, Shôryû (ed.): Dharmakīrti’s Thought and Its Impact on Indian and Tibetan Philosophy. Proceedings of the 3rd Dhar-makīrti Conference, Hiroshima. November 4-6, 1997. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 193-208. 
  • “upalabdhilakṣaṇaprāpti ni tsuite (On upalabdhilakṣaṇaprāpti).” (In Japanese). Indogaku Bukkyôgaku Kenkyû 46/2 (1997) 111-114. 
  • “Non-cognition (anupalabdhi) – perception or inference? The views of Dharmottara and Jñānaśrīmitra.” Tetsugaku 49 (1997) 121-134.  
  • “Types of Incompatibility (’gal ba) and Types of Non-cognition (ma/mi dmigs) in Early Tibetan tshad ma-Literature.” Helmut Krasser, Michael Torsten Much, Ernst Steinkellner, Helmut Tauscher (eds.): Tibetan Studies. Proceedings of the 7th Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies, Graz 1995, 495-510. Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.  
  • “There are no pots in the Ślokavārttika. ŚV abhāvapariccheda 11 and patterns of negative cognition in Indian philosophy.” Journal of the Oriental Institute (Baroda) 46/3-4, Sept.-Dec. 1996 (1999), 143-167.

General Editor

  • 2006-2014: together with Helmut Krasser (†), editor of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (JIABS). 
  • since 2004: editor of the monograph series Wiener Studien zur Tibetologie und Buddhismuskunde, currently together with Klaus-Dieter Mathes and Michael Torsten Wieser-Much.
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