According to the Financial Times some philosophers have set about mending the rift between experience and thought in order to make the discipline relevant again to a wider audience.
If it means living for several days in a wooden barrel, well I guess that's modern philosophy's penance.
Whether through experimental philosophy or by appeal to one's own experiences, bringing the world to bear on rationalism can only enrich its practice. Introspection, its primary product, is after all available to everyone. Philosophy really isn't pointless. The academy has just made it seem that way.