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Inquiry, 39, 303-^2 Diary: Written by Professor Dr Gottlob Frege in the Time from 10 March to 9 April 1924 Edited and with commentary by Gottfried Gabriel and Wolfgang Kienzler Translated by Richard L. Mendelsohn CUNY Graduate Center Translator's Preface In the Frege Archives at the Institut fur mathematische Logik und Grundlagenforschung at Miinster University, there is a typescript of a diary Gottlob Frege kept from 10 March through 9 May 1924. The typescript had been prepared by Frege's son, Alfred, in 1937/38 and sent to Heinrich Scholz in 1938; the whereabouts of the original handwritten diary from which the transcription was created are unknown. The three entries dated 23-25 March which deal with the concept of number have already been published in the Nachgelassene Schriften. The remainder of the diary, which consists primarily of reflections on the political developments of the day, was not published until last year. This first publication of the diary was prepared by Professor Gottfried Gabriel and Dr Wolfgang Kienzler. They made minor corrections to the typescript and furnished explanatory footnotes for the many allusions Frege makes to political figures and events. The annotated diary created by Gabriel and Kienzler appeared in the Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Philosophic 42 (1994), 6, pp. 1067-98 and is translated here with the permission of the authors and the publisher Akademie Verlag. This is the infamous diary Michael Dummett refers to in the introduction to Frege, Philosophy of Language: There is some irony for me in the fact that the man about whose philosophical views I have devoted, over years, a great deal of time to thinking, was, at least at the end of his life, a virulent racist, specifically an anti-semite. This fact is revealed by a fragment of a diary which survives among Frege's Nachlass, but which was not published with the rest by Professor Hans Hermes in Frege's nachgelassene Schriften. The diary shows Frege to have been a man of extreme right-wing opinions, bitterly opposed to the parliamentary system, democrats, liberals, Catholics, the French and, above all, Jews, who he thought ought to be deprived of political rights © 1996, Richard L. Mendelsohn.