A conversation I once read between Mark Vernon and Daniel Dennett puts it more clearly:
On the relationship between science and philosophy, there is model of philosophy that is quite prevalent whereby it is envisaged as, say, the midwife of scientific disciplines - physics and psychology being two examples. Is this how you view your own work on consciousness or would it be better to describe it as a dialogue with modern science, clarifying questions, suggesting further lines of research and so on.
I think the midwife image is just about right. I say, along with many predecessors, that philosophy is what you are doing when you don't yet know what the right questions are. Once you ask the right questions (and know why these are the right questions), your attempt to answer them is not philosophy but . . . whatever it is - science, history, economics, . . . So philosophy is inescapably informal, more like art than science, a matter of imaginatively poking around and trying things out--with plenty of rigorous criticism of those attempts, but still, it's the bold strokes of imagination that do the heavy lifting. At its best (when it is well informed in the discipline whose questions it is trying to refine and improve), it makes significant contributions. But it's chief risk are flights of fantasy that may only divert the fantasists (while diverting the attention of more reality-based researchers from the questions they could more fruitfully pursue).