Mysore Hiriyanna (1871–1950) was one of the foremost writers on Indian philosophy. His prominent works include Indian Conception of Values, Outlines of Indian Philosophy, Quest After Perfection and Art Experience. His books decorate thousands of libraries, even outside India.
Having obtained his MA from the Madras Christian College, he joined as a librarian at the Mysore Oriental Library (now, the Oriental Research Institute, Mysore) and at a later stage he became the curator of the institute. In an intervening period, served as the Head Master at the Mysore Normal School.
He joined the University of Mysore as a lecturer in Sanskrit and was promoted as a professor of Sanskrit and Philosophy during 1918-27. His works are known for their clarity, precision and brevity.