Empirical/scientific knowledge has potential to transform whole society/state and can cause widespread better amenities to life thereby improving living standards and empowering common man.In ancient times the seed of human progress was laid by philosophical discourses in Greece,Eastern civilization.
yet it appears strange that some part of world,who were forefront in philosophical discourse long back in ancient times ,just settled in creating their tribes with losing that spirit/tradition at detriment of common man for selected enlightened and closed all doors for its empirical expansion.
While Philosophical discourses at their heights in earlier era led some to experience those philosophical discourses in deep solitude and away from any sort of real world ,claimed to gain something ultimate vision and power and got established as permanent hallmark of that society.
Philosophical discourses are useful at times but they cant be turned into lasting vision and permanent reality in anyway and where it has happened are lagging far behind in real all around progress.
By that vision of philosophical discourses only those mighty hierarchy of proponents benefited ,whereas empirical/scientific modifications developed many real mass product to uplift all . Such societies/state progresses in learning /understanding and grow leap and bound in territorial /economic expansions.
It is also harbinger of open society ,which is compatible to explore and change rather then sticking in those age old philosophical malice ,beyond which they cant think.