Ancient Egyptian Philosophy

Ancient Egyptian Philosophy

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The Egyptians perceived the Universe as actively controlled by conscious, natural principles (neteru). To the Egyptians, all of "nature" (derived from neter) was alive and the direct consequence of the wills of the neteru. Nature was intelligible not just through inanimate, automatic, general regularities which could be discovered via the "scientific method;" but also through connections and associations between things and events perceived in the human mind. There was no distinction between "reality" and "appearance;" anything capable of exerting an effect upon the mind thereby existed. [Hence a dream could be considered just as "real" and thus significant as a daytime experience.]