Wittgenstein's Grave, Cambridge

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    Wittgenstein's Grave
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    Ascension Parish Burial Grounds

    by Airpunk Written Jun 2, 2012
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    This little burial ground with its Neogothic chapel is the final resting place for many Cambridge academics. Probably the most famous is Ludwig Wittgenstein, others include two of Charles Darwin's sons. Wittgenstein's grave is usually covered with small tokens of remembrance, like small coins or stones in the Jewish tradition. This place was even mentioned as “Britain's brainiest cemetery” in a BBC article. The burial ground is far away from being one of Cambridge's top attractions, but Wittgenstein fans and people interested in the flair of tiny old graveyards will find the place enchanting. It's not far away from the former castle mound.

    Coming from the old town, cross Magdalene's Bridge and follow Magdalene Street. After St. Giles Church and the Folk Museum it becomes Castle Street. Keep following on Castle Street until you see the sign to the cemetery on the left hand side (see also fourth pciture). The walk from Magdalene Bridge to the cemetery is approximately 15 minutes.

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    Wittgenstein's last propostion

    by sourbugger Written May 17, 2005

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    Pity the Tractatus didn't go with him

    The greatest philosopher of the the 20th century is buried in a small graveyard in Cambridge.

    In the same cemetry also stands the grave of GE Moore a leading exponent of Logical positivism. In the words of one website I saw :
    "One (Wittgenstein's) is covered in flowers the other in birdshit. That's posterity for you". I just wanted to visit and make sure he wasn't capable of writing any more impenatrable philosophy books.

    To find the grave from Trinity College, Cambridge, turn left onto Sydney Street; and follow Sydney Street as it turns into Huntingdon Road in the northeast, and you walked about a mile, then you come to St. Giles Cemetery, which is on the left hand side of the road.

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