I am interested in how scholars in different disciplines make sense of their work and the place of that work in their lives. For philosophy I read Falling in Love With Wisdom: American Philosophers Talk About Their Calling (Karnos & Shoemaker, 1993). Can you point me in the direction of other such pieces by philosophers?
You might look at some philosophers' autobiographies. Some of these are disappointing, but two that aren't are John Stuart Mill's Autobiography and Anthony Kenny's A Path from Rome .