Fenwick Scholar: Max Hendrix ’23
Studies: Philosophy, Economics, Certificate in Finance & Banking
Advisors: Prof. Karsten Stueber, Philosophy & Prof. Kolleen Rask, Economics
Project: Max will undertake a philosophical analysis of human agency under rational choice theory – the theory in mainstream economics that human beings are fundamentally rational and use this rationality to recognize and pursue goals that align with their own self-interest. Rational choice theory can be useful for its powerful predictive abilities, but contemporary work in both behavioral economics and social psychology have recently begun to critique these assumptions and question the limits of this theory. Max would like to approach the question from a philosopher’s perspective, particularly those philosophers who emphasize the intrinsically social nature of humans. Of interest, for example, is Adam Smith’s often overlooked belief that empathy if a fundamental part of our human agency.
Congratulations to Max Hendrix ’23, a double major in philosophy and economics pursuing a Certificate in Finance & Banking, for receiving the Fenwick Scholar. This award is the highest academic award that the College bestows. With advisors, the Fenwick Scholar designs a program of independent research or a project that will complete their undergraduate education in the most challenging, creative, and meaningful way.