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“Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines”.
Or, to put it much more simply, philosophy is that thing we engage in when we think hard about stuff.
Deciding whether or not science is important will not (cannot) involve a scientific experiment, rather, it will involve “thinking hard” about what we mean by science, whether it is or is not beneficial for human societies, and the like. In other words, if you want to give a serious answer to the question, “why does science matter?” You must engage in philosophy.
**I have recently learnt that this text originated from Existential Comics.