Jonathan roffe abstract market theory palgrave macmillan 2015 180pp 10000 hbk isbn 9781137511744 reviewed by michael munger duke university what is price and what is the role of price in market oriented society. Financial markets play a huge role in society but theoretical reflections on what constitutes these markets are scarce drawing on sources in philosophy finance the history of modern mathematics sociology and anthropology abstract market theory elaborates a new philosophy of the market in order to redress this gap between reality and theory. Indeed abstract market theory offers an excellent answer to the legitimate concerns raised on works by sociologists and anthropologists making use of such literature hertz 2016 hertz e 2016 pimp my fluff a thousand plateaus and other theoretical extravaganzas . From the start we have been at pains to insist on the uniqueness irreducibility and significance of philosophy for any theory of society 9781137511744 09 c07indd 147 7 21 2015 30352 pm proof 148 abstract market theory and the market. On the basis of the theory of the social surface we will see how the present and the past can be conceived in terms of the social functions of evaluation and inscription on the basis of the account of the market in particular we will be able to see where the category of the future might fit in this account
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