Ludwig Wittgenstein was no doubt a fascinating genius who was also very mysterious. He was known for doing outrageous things that no one saw coming, and there is one episode in particular that I find really baffling, which is his decision to go live in Russia (actually USSR at that point in time).
There are several explanations / theories as to what motivated him:
- He was influenced by Oswald Spengler. In his late 30s Wittgenstein discovered Oswald Spengler, and was very impressed by this philosophical historian. Spengler thought that the western civilization (Europe and the anglo-saxon America) is in it's dying stage and Russia will be the next great civilization.
- His spartan lifestyle. He lived a monk like existence much of his life, and it seems he thought living in Russia would rid him of bourgeois comfort he despised so much.
- A couple of Russian journalists have investigated the details of his visit to Moscow and came to a conspiracy conclusion that he was somehow involved with the famous Cambridge 5 spy network. The evidence is minimal, but while in Moscow he did meet with several people working for the intelligence services.
I don't find any of the above fully convincing. Do you?
What do you think was his real motive?