His first major publication, Frege: Philosophy of Language (1973), appeared when he was at the comparatively ripe age of 48. One reason why it had not appeared earlier was that he had made a conscious decision to pursue what he conceived as his duty to oppose the racism that had become manifest in Britain. He completed the book when he reluctantly concluded that he no longer had any significant contribution to make to the fight and felt justified in returning to "more abstract matters of much less importance to anyone's happiness or future". He commented in the book's preface on the deep shock of having discovered, some years previously, that Frege himself, whom he had always revered "as an absolutely rational man", was a virulent racist. "From [this discovery]," he wrote, "I learned something about human beings which I should be sorry not to know; perhaps something about Europe, also."Dummett influenciou muito meu modo de pensar sobre os problemas filosóficos, de fazer filosofia, de tal forma que não foi com pouca tristeza que recebi a notícia da sua morte. Uma grande perda!
Benjamin Murphy, Michael Dummett (Internet Encyclopdia of Philosophy)