This collection of essays looks at analytic philosophy in its historical context. Analytic philosophy has been, for some time now, in a state of crisis - having to deal with its self-image, its relationship with philosophical alternatives, its fruitfulness and even legitimacy in the general philosophical community. This crisis manifests itself both within analytic philosophy, as we can see with the discussions and debates concerning the interpretation of its origins and key players (such as Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein), as well as in its evaluation by philosophers of different bents (such as postmodernists and Continental philosophers). This book presents an obvious and explicit awareness of the crisis by 'insiders', with a view to interpreting it. Such an interpretation is accomplished by telling the story of analytic philosophy - that is, by presenting its raison d' etre and the motivations, methods, and results of its eminent figures. The 'plot', or the theoretics of a philosophical movement, is told by contributors Hacker, Hylton, Sacks, Skorupski and others. Each of the essays falling into this category address essential issues such as analysis, style, psychologism, and empiricism. The story of the 'heroes', signifying the likes of Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein is a well-known story, but still worth retelling. Floyd, Friedlander, R.A. Putman and Lurie are some of the philosophers in this collection who examine the story of the heroes in a new light. This unique position of the collection is its internal critique. The collection is an undertaking by analytic philosophers to assess the challenge posed by changing cultural and philosophical winds.