Free Capitalist Network - Community Archive
Mises Community Archive
An online community for fans of Austrian economics and libertarianism, featuring forums, user blogs, and more.

mutatis mutandis vs ceteris paribus

rated by 0 users
This post has 4 Replies | 2 Followers

Top 100 Contributor
Posts 852
Points 19,800
ViennaSausage Posted: Wed, Aug 5 2009 12:04 PM

What's the difference between these two terms?  Although the nuances of their etymology differ, the usage of each appears quite similar.

  • | Post Points: 35
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,118
Points 87,310

Do you have any examples?

To paraphrase Marc Faber: We're all doomed, but that doesn't mean that we can't make money in the process.
Rabbi Lapin: "Let's make bricks!"
Stephan Kinsella: "Say you and I both want to make a German chocolate cake."

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 366
Points 7,345

This is how I've come across them:


Mutatis mutandis is typically used in proofs to state that the result follows by a similar line of reasoning.

Ceteris paribus is typically used in economics to state that 'if all other factors remain constant'.

Latest Projects

"Even when leftists talk about discrimination and sexism, they're damn well talking about the results of the economic system" ~Neodoxy

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 852
Points 19,800

"Thus, this approach relatively strengthens the tendency toward withdrawal, disillusionment, cynicism, and mutatis mutandis, contributes to a relative reduction in the general atmosphere of politicalization." A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, Hoppe

"Ceteris paribus, it is the democratic state-and the democratic socialism incorporated in it-which commands the higher income and so proves to be superior in wars with other states." A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism, Hoppe

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 478
Points 9,180

Mutatis mutandis = the [necessary] changes having been made

Ceteris paribus = all other things being equal

MM is used when emphasising the change being made, I guess.

I learned the term mutatis mutandis when reading Hoppe's book too!

Austrians do it a priori

Irish Liberty Forum 


  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (5 items) | RSS