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Abstract Market Theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction — For an Abstract Market Theory

  3. The Being of the Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Jon Roffe
      Pages 9-24
    3. Jon Roffe
      Pages 25-36
    4. Jon Roffe
      Pages 37-63
    5. Jon Roffe
      Pages 64-87
  4. Realization of the Market

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Jon Roffe
      Pages 91-105
    3. Jon Roffe
      Pages 106-133
    4. Jon Roffe
      Pages 134-149
    5. Jon Roffe
      Pages 150-152
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-180

About this book


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesAustralia

About the authors

Jon Roffe is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Roffe has edited a number of volumes on recent and contemporary French philosophy, and he is the author of Badiou's Deleuze, The Works of Gilles Deleuze (forthcoming), Gilles Deleuze's 'Empiricism and Subjectivity' (forthcoming), and co-author of Lacan Deleuze Badiou.

Bibliographic information


'A remarkable and vitally important book that puts Deleuze and Guattari in conversation with the latest advances in pricing and probability theory, notably Ayache and Meillassoux. Roffe's development of an immanent philosophical theory of the market is commendable and unique, and now stands as a necessary point of reference for future research.'

- Eugene Holland, Ohio State University, USA

'Jon Roffe has taken on an ambitious task, to provide a philosophical road map to prices and valuation in financial markets, and he fulfills this task tremendously well. Mobilizing a diversity of philosophical ideas, Roffe throws new light on well-studied concepts such as the nature of the economic actor, financial risk and price determination. Sociologists of markets, you should expose yourselves to Roffe's ideas it will challenge your current understanding of markets.'

- Yuval Millo, University of Leicester, UK