Andrea Bucci

University of L’Aquila, Italy

Title: The cartesian set theory: a unifying theory for mental disorders


In this essay, I want to propose a relative new theory about conscious states, human experience and its application in the study of mental disorders in the broader sense. I will call this theory, which has some similarities with the most famous Cartesian Theatre metaphor by Daniel Dennet, The Cartesian Set Theory. My Cartesian Set Theory try to reveal with the help of some analogies the entire field of human experience and, I retain obvious, the conscious one. Contextually, I will try to explain how the phenomenological inquiry overlap the biological studies about the brain functioning in psychiatric disorders. Immediately after, I will show how The Cartesian Set Theory can give a unifying vision of mental disorder, boundaries experience, and to predict new disorders.


Andrea Bucci had a Master Degree in Philosophy at University of L’Aquila under the supervision of Prof. Simone Gozzano and he is an Independent Researcher and member for scientific merits of the SINe, the Italian Society of Neuroethics based in Milan. He is the author of two collections of essays Divulgare la Mente and Metafisica e Percezione and Effectus Philosophiae and of Where and What. Two experiments for Dualism recently appeared in the Journal of Neurophilosophy. In 2023 The Journal of Neurophilosophy hosted two of my new works titled The Dissolution of Dawkins’ Riddle is Not so Hard and The Cartesian Set Theory. A Unifying Theory for Mental Disorders. He is collaborated with the University of Udine in the person of Prof. Paolo Bartolomeo Pascolo and, with him,he is the author of some work in the field of the philosophy of neuroscience. He is  on Academia and Philpapers.