Aristotle (384–322 BC) took god as a rules over men. And men over anything else worldly: women, animals, plants, land.
René Descartes (1614–1616) separated our mind from our body “I think therefore I am”.
Isaac Newton (1667–1668) turned the world into a machine, assuming that it operates with mathematical precision and is predictable.
John Locke (1632 – 1704) helped promote the idea that unused land is wasted land.
Adam Smith (1723–1790) argued that the government should leave individuals alone to amass their material wealth, because what is good for the individual is eventually good for all.
The result is that we take humans to be separate from and superior to nature, which can be controlled and used for maximum material growth.