This book attempts to show the tensions inherent in the very definition of analytic philosophy. For some time now, numerous essays published in English have brought out the difficulties of determining the nature and origins of what is called analytic philosophy, which mainly developed in the United States after the European immigration of the 1930s and 1940s. Because of these difficulties, it is appropriate to examine analytic philosophy's starting point before thinking about any “postanalytic” philosophy. However, such a historical procedure would seem to be incompatible with some of the established rules of what analytic philosophy became during a certain period. Analytic philosophy has long claimed to be ahistoric, which amounts to the illusion of constant timeliness or newness.
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