Home Articles Reader Opinion Editorial Book Reviews Discussion Writers Guide About TCRecord
transparent 13

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.

To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropriate membership. Please review your options below:

Store a cookie on my computer that will allow me to skip this sign-in in the future.
Send me my password -- I can't remember it
Purchase this Article
Purchase Fundamental Theorems in Judging Men
Individual-Resource passes allow you to purchase access to resources one resource at a time. There are no recurring fees.
Become a Member
Online Access
With this membership you receive online access to all of TCRecord's content. The introductory rate of $25 is available for a limited time.
Print and Online Access
With this membership you receive the print journal and free online access to all of TCRecord's content.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 19 Number 3, 1918, p. 278-288
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3593, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 12:02:30 PM

Purchase Reprint Rights for this article or review
Member Center
In Print
This Month's Issue