Access and the Shirker Problem
by Jan Willem Wieland
The Access principle places an epistemic restriction on our obligations. This principle falls prey to
the "Shirker Problem," namely that shirkers could evade their obligations by evading certain epistemic
circumstances. To block this problem, it has been suggested that shirkers have the obligation
to learn their obligations. This solution yields a regress, yet it is controversial what the moral of the
regress actually is. The aim of this paper is twofold. First, I spell out this intricate dispute. Second,
on the basis of my analyses, I propose solutions to the Shirker Problem.