When reading the works of a philosopher, it is a mistake to think of the writer as a philosopher. The word “philosophy” can distort our understanding of the human being. Every philosopher should be considered only as this — a man trying. Philosophy is effort, not a study. Philosophy is effort, not attainment. Philosophy is effort, not a profession. Philosophy is trying. If there is to be any virtue in philosophy, it is only because the philosopher tries in a world where many never make the attempt.