Edward Conze (1904–1979) was a British-German philosopher, activist, and prolific Buddhism scholar. Much of his work in Buddhist philosophy focuses on the translation and interpretation of Prajnaparamita scriptures. However, he began his career as a young Marxist in Weimar Germany and was actively involved in the resistance to the Nazi movement. He fled Germany shortly after the Nazi seizure of power in 1933 and settled in England. After WWII, he published a monograph titled Buddhism: Its Essence and Development (1951), which established him as a pioneering authority in Buddhist studies. Among a multitude of papers and reviews, Conze is also the author of an English translation of the Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā (1957), followed by Buddhist Wisdom Books containing The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra (1958), Buddhist Thought in India: Three Phases of Buddhist Philosophy (1962), Thirty years of Buddhist studies: selected essays (1967), and Further Buddhist Studies (1975).
Holger Heine is a philosopher and historian of philosophy specializing in the history of the principle of contradiction and the emergence of early conceptions of non-classical logic during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. His research interests focus on the Philosophy of Logic, Metaphysics, and the History of Philosophy. Additional interests include contemporary art theory and Buddhist metaphysics. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia, for his research on Jan Łukasiewz’ early work on Aristotle and the principle of contradiction.
Herbert Marcuse (1898–1979) was a German-American philosopher and political theorist. He was one of the leading theorists of the Frankfurt School and published numerous books and articles on critical theory. Among Marcuse’s best-known works are Eros and Civilization (1955) and One-Dimensional Man (1964).
Graham Priest is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center, as well as a regular visitor at the University of Melbourne where he was Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy. In addition to numerous papers and reviews, he is the author of In Contradiction: A Study of the Transconsistent (1987), Beyond the Limits of Thought (1995), Introduction to Non-Classical Logic (2001), and One: Being an Investigation into the Unity of Reality and of its Parts, including the Singular Object which is Nothingness (2014).