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La Philosophie Analytique was a philosophical symposium held at the Royaumont Abbey in France in 1958 which attempted to reconcile analytic and continental philosophy. It is famous for a discussion between Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gilbert Ryle:

Gilbert Ryle is often incorrectly said to have responded to Merleau-Ponty’s question ‘is our program not the same?’ with the disobliging ‘I hope not’.
Leslie Beck mentions this anecdote in his one-page ‘Avant-Propos’ to La Philosophie analytique (7). Strikingly, the printed exchange does not support his account. The context of the offending remark is the answer to a question from Merleau-Ponty about whether he was still in agreement with Russell and Wittgenstein’s theoretical program. Gilbert Ryle says, not unreasonably, that he was not, because the idea of being in complete agreement with anyone was deadly to philosophy (98).[1]

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