Which Came First -- the Chicken or the Egg?
9 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015 Last revised: 4 Mar 2015
Date Written: February 7, 2015
The question of whether the chicken came first or the egg has been argued by philosophers and thinkers for centuries. This paper makes a novel contribution to the field. It argues that, in the sense that it is usually understood, the answer is unknowable. In this paper, we treat the matter in a novel fashion. We show that the question can have four different interpretations, and each interpretation interprets the original question quite differently. We further show that the answer to the question is unknowable in the sense that people often interpret it ("Which came first -- the chicken or an egg containing a chicken?").
Keywords: Chicken, Egg, Aristotle, Evolution
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