Philosophers sit and watch the shadows on the cave wall, and they describe, in the most precise and beautiful language, what might be behind them casting the shadows.
Scientists turn around and see what are dancing around the fire.
This is not to say that one is better than the other.
Ok, wait, I lied. Yes, science is better. But just as the Game of Thrones TV series is better than the books–but only if you’ve read the books–philosophy is better than science, but only if you accept science’s superiority in describing reality.
Philosophy is a set of tools that give one precision in discussing things that matter. That’s what it is today. It used to be our way of doing science. It was our version of figuring out who was dancing by the fire before we were advanced enough to turn around–when all we had were the shadows.