Extremely short version of previous post

It is not the case that statement A is equivalent to statement B

A) It is not the case that (it is a moral law to steal when you will not be caught.)

B) It is the case that (it is a moral law not to steal when you will not be caught.)

A tries out a maxim (“Steal when you are not caught”) and it fails, so you get the negation of that maxim. B is an affirmed maxim, which does not follow from A. It might be true, but we have no obvious reason for thinking so. Let’s look at the logical form:

A) There exists no X such that X is a moral law and X is “stealing when one will not be caught”.

B) There exists an X, such that X is a moral law and X is “do not steal when one will not be caught”.

A is about the non existence of some X, and B is about the existence of some X, and the X’s are not the same.

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