The last two decades of Indological research have led to a marked increase in the
investigation of logic in India, especially in the earliest period of classical India. A panel
of senior and junior scholars from America, Asia, and Europe, all specialists working in this
area, was concerned at the 12th World Sanskrit Conference, held in Helsinki in the summer of
2003. This volume contains not only their papers, which address both philosophical and
philological matters pertaining to logic as propounded in texts from this period, but also an
introduction designed to permit non-specialists, whether non-Indologists or non-philosophers,
to learn about Indian logic in its infancy.
Brendan S. Gillon is an associate professor at McGill University. In addition to his
translation work in collaboration with Richard P. Hayes on key portions of the Svathanumana
chapter of Dharmakirti’s Pramanavarttika, a watershed text in the development of logic in
India, he is the author of many articles on natural language semantics. He is also the
coeditor of Semantics: A Reader, published by oxford University Press (2004).
Petteri Koskikallio and Asko Parpola, secretary general and President, respectively, of the
12th World Sanskrit conference, are Finnish Indologists. Asko Parpola is Professor Emeritus of
South Asian and Indo-European studies at the University of Helsinki.
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