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date: 23 January 2021

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This article suggests that a deeper understanding of contemporary environmental problems can be found in the Renaissance period. It explains that the attitudes toward nature underlying the current conduct of many of the world’s industrial societies took shape hundreds of years ago and cannot be effectively addressed until they are understood. It contends that the arts of the English and Dutch Renaissance reflect an extensive and uneasy meditation on the shadowy boundary between ourselves and our environment and highlights the emergence of such issues as vegetarianism, animal rights, and policy against meat-eating during this period.

Keywords: environmental problems, Renaissance period, nature, industrial societies, English Renaissance, vegetarianism, animal rights, meat-eating

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