In the context of the English Renaissance, what does this phrase mean: "understanding the world, understanding the self"? 

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The English Renaissance was a time of great expansion and growth in nearly every facet of life: science, religion, art, literature, philosophy, music, and more. As the people's knowledge of their world increased, so did their understanding of self. 

When people learned more about science, they also invariably learned more about themselves and how their bodies and world worked. When people were exposed to music and art in new ways, they were moved ito respond and think in ways they had never before been moved. When religious and philosophical writings were commonly discussed, people were prompted to think about themselves in relation to the world around them and to others. 

This grand expansion, known as the Renaissance, did what its name suggests; the Renaissance was a time of new life and growth, encouraging new thinking about both the world and the self.

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