Friedrich Ludwig Gottlob Frege ( ; 8 November 1848 – 26 July 1925) was a German mathematician, logician and philosopher. He is considered to be one of the founders of modern logic and made major contributions to the foundations of mathematics. He is generally considered to be the father of analytic philosophy, for his writings on the philosophy of language and mathematics. While he was mainly ignored by the intellectual world when he published his writings, Giuseppe Peano (1858–1932) and Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) introduced his work to later generations of logicians and philosophers.
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... usually translated as On Sense and Reference), Gottlob Frege argued that proper names present at least two problems in explaining meaning ... Frege can be interpreted as arguing that it was therefore a mistake to think that the meaning of a name is the thing it refers to ... Frege argued that, ultimately, the same bifurcation of meaning must apply to most or all linguistic categories, such as to quantificational expressions like "All boats float" ...
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