Live Chat: Holistic Science

This event gives prospective students for the MSc Holistic Science at Schumacher College the opportunity to speak directly with the Programme team ahead of the preferred application deadline.

At this moment of climate emergency, of extreme ecological and social challenges, the Master’s in Holistic Science questions the role of science as cause and solution to the world’s problems. It presents a rigorous inquiry into the methods, techniques and philosophical underpinnings of science, to address whether they can take us beyond mere explanation to a deeper understanding of the world and our place within it. It asks if there is a way science could be done differently.

This long-running and dynamic course, with an emphasis on experiential learning, equips students with the knowledge and skills to address our many challenges through an understanding of holism and the emergent properties of whole systems. This degree is for students with an interest in science, who want to explore the implications and ramifications of scientific discovery, who want to challenge the status quo and work towards presenting alternative solutions.

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Troy studied Physics with Astrophysics at Bristol University. After a year of studying jazz, he returned to physics and completed a doctorate at University College London with a thesis based on experimental research at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago. He then studied Goethean science in America and Germany before moving to Berlin, where he pursued his interest in the history of language by studying classics at Humboldt University. After a few years, he switched to philosophy with a focus on Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language which lead into a second doctorate on which he is currently working. His thesis develops a Wittgensteinian approach to the history and philosophy of science that is based on seeing connections. He has published articles on Newton, Goethe, Wittgenstein, Barfield and Bortoft, as well as edited and translated a number of books on Goethean science.

Troy has edited the Holistic Science Journal with Philip Franses. He has also edited the book Experience Colour, a large format exhibition catalogue that presents an exploration, understanding and application of colour, and What is Colour? The collected works of Michael Wilson’s groundbreaking holistic colour research.


Jul 21 2021


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Holistic Science
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