As I writer, I take the same approach as a philosopher. I try to ask: why? My quest is to unearth our deepest wonders, our most concerning vagaries. I want to bask in beauty. I want to feel tragedy. I want to smile at success.
Simply: I want to know
As such, I place my characters within the context of deep, personal crises. Philosophers, I think, can sometimes place their work on the top shelf. Thus, it remains out of reach.
Fiction, however, is inclusive: it brings everyone together in order to learn what it means to be human.
This is why I write. My only hope is that I'm good enough at it.