Raffaele Torella is Professor of Sanskrit at University of Rome "Sapienza", where he has also taught for long Indian Philosophy and Religion, and Indology. He is the coordinator of the South Asia Section in the Sapienza Doctoral Course in "Civilisations and cultures of Asia and Africa".

Director of Rivista degli Studi Orientali and Rivista di Studi Sudasiatici.

Fields of research: Kashmir Śaivism, linguistic speculation, Buddhist epistemology and manuscriptology.

Main publications: The  Īśvarapratyabhijñā-kārikā of Utpaladeva's with the Author's Vṛtti. Critical Edition and Annotated Translation, Motilal Banarsidass, repr. Delhi 2013; Śivasūtra with Kṣemarāja's Vimarśinī, Adelphi, Milan 2013 (in Italian); The Philosophical Traditions of India: an Appraisal, Indica Books, Varanasi 2011; (with G. Boccali) Eros and emotions in India and Tibet (Einaudi, Turin 2007; in Italian). He has been the scientific responsible and co-author of the section "Science in India" in the multivolume work History of Science (Rome 2002; in Italian). Along with Bettina Baümer, he has organised the first International Workshop on Utpaladeva (Indian Institute for Advanced Study, Shimla 2010). Forthcoming books: Utpaladeva, Philosopher of Recognition, edited by R.T. and B. Baümer, Shimla; Fragments from Utpaladeva's Īśvarapratyabhijñā-vivṛti, critical edition and English translation; The Saṃvitprakāśa of Vāmanadatta, critical edition and English translation.


Postal address
Dipartimento Istituto Italiano di Studi Orientali
Sapienza Università di Roma
via Principe Amedeo 182b, 00185 Rome (Italy)