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Fundamental Theorems in Judging Men


by Edward L. Thorndike 1918

The judgments of men with which we are concerned are judgments of the man's fitness for some defined purpose. Such are the judgments of a life insurance company of a man's fitness to be insured, or the judgments by an examining board of a boy's fitness for entrance to college, or the judgment by an employer of a man's fitness for a certain job, or the judgment by a recruiting officer of a man's fitness to be a soldier. The theorems to which I ask your attention concern the amount of weight to be attached to any given fact or combination of facts about a man in making such judgments. Our problem is the abstract one of the general theory of weighing facts about a man and of using them conjointly to influence the judgment of his fitness. The theory will be illustrated from time to time by particular examples, but you should not let either the merits or defects of these distract you from the abstract issue to which they refer.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 19 Number 3, 1918, p. 278-288
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3593, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 8:23:19 AM

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