Oliver Fairey

Philosophy, 2017

Oliver Fairey

My favourite topics in philosophy are Buddhist philosophy, issues around personal identity, and ethics. Ethics is a way of practically applying philosophy to the world around you – you’re dealing with the fundamentals of what’s right and wrong

Philosophy involves asking questions about who you are, what you are, and where you’re going in life. These are questions that are pertinent to everybody, and it’s important to take the time to answer these questions for yourself and for others. By doing a philosophy degree I can be part of the discussion around these questions.

I have really enjoyed studying philosophy. It’s a subject that is both relevant and incredibly fulfilling to study, and after I graduate I am planning on doing a research degree in philosophy.

My favourite topics in philosophy are Buddhist philosophy, issues around personal identity, and ethics. Ethics is a way of practically applying philosophy to the world around you – you’re dealing with the fundamentals of what’s right and wrong, and how people behave towards one another. I think with the world as it is at the moment, that’s something we need a firm grounding in.

Brookes is really good at encouraging you to bring your own research and ideas into the work you do in class, and I like to add bits of Buddhist philosophy to my essays. I’ve had a huge freedom when it came to choosing my final year dissertation topic, so am currently researching Buddhist philosophy and the environment. I’m also really interested in the political side of philosophy, as it is less focussed on legislation, and more about ideology and the groundings of our political system. I am an active Green Party member, and helped to set up the Green Party Society here at Brookes. This has been a brilliant opportunity to get involved in the local community, and this year the society hosted the Green Youth AGM. I enjoy going to protests and rallies in London, and the Oxford Tube is great for this. It’s so convenient to be able to get to the capital and back in one day.