Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Right of Nonuse$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jan G. Laitos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386066.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 15 January 2021

Era I—The Age of Human Survival

Era I—The Age of Human Survival

(p.17) 3 Era I—The Age of Human Survival
The Right of Nonuse

Jan G. Laitos

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the Age of Human Survival—which occurred tens of thousands of years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch. The first few early humans struggling to exist then were rather sparsely distributed and had little aggregate impact on the use component of resources. Our ancestors exploited easily accessible natural resources in order to gain a toehold in an environment that was harsh and threatening to this new species. Small groups of hunter-gatherers eked out a tenuous existence in highly variable environments and climates. The human relationship to resources during Era I can be understood by reference to individual decision theory. A fundamental principle of economics is that individuals maximize their own welfare. With the assumption that individuals were rational decision makers who chose actions regarding resources with the aim of furthering individual interests, the limited resources during Era I meant that individual decisions revolved around basic human survival.

Keywords:   Pleistocene Epoch, early humans, individual decision theory

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .