Professor – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3
Isabelle Ratié holds degrees in Philosophy (MA and Agrégation: Université Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Sanskrit Studies (MA, PhD and Habilitation : École Pratique des Hautes Études). After working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leipzig and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna), she was appointed Professor of Sanskrit Language and Literatures at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University (Paris) in 2014. She is also a Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France since 2021.
Her research bears on the history of Indian philosophy. Her monograph on the Śaiva system of the Pratyabhijñā (Le Soi et l’Autre. Identité, différence et altérité dans la philosophie de la Pratyabhijñā, Brill, 2011) was awarded the Friedrich Weller Prize. She has also published two books on Buddhist philosophy: Une Critique bouddhique du Soi selon la Mīmāṃsā (Vienna, 2014), and, with Vincent Eltschinger, Self, No-Self, and Salvation. Dharmakīrti’s Critique of the Notions of Self and Person (Vienna, 2013). She has coedited with Eli Franco a collective volume on medieval Kashmir (Around Abhinavagupta. Aspects of the Intellectual History of Kashmir from the Ninth to the Eleventh Century, Berlin, 2016). Her ongoing research on marginal annotations in Kashmirian manuscripts has recently led her to discover several chapters of a major tenth-century Śaiva work– Utpaladeva’s Īśvarapratyabhijñāvivṛti – so far deemed irretrievably lost; she has just published a monograph on the first of these chapters (Utpaladeva on the Power of Action, Harvard University Press, 2021). She has also been working with Vincent Eltschinger, Michael Torsten Much and John Taber on a translation of Dharmakīrti’s Pramāṇavārttika 1 (section on apoha; vol. I published in 2018 in Tokyo) and she has been collaborating since 2011 on the Dictionary of Technical Terms from Hindu Tantric Literature (Vienna).
Fields of research
Isabelle Ratié’s research bears on the history of Indian philosophy and focuses on the philosophical debates between representatives of rival religious movements, particularly (but not exclusively) Śaiva and Buddhist. She is mainly interested in understanding Indian philosophical concepts and their development, but her work also has important philological aspects (critical editions, studies of fragmentary works). She also works on the history of medieval Kashmir, and particularly on its manuscript tradition.