Which Came First -- the Chicken or the Egg?

9 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2015 Last revised: 4 Mar 2015

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Anand Manikutty

Stanford University

Devi Mahendran

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula

Date Written: February 7, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Manikutty, Anand and Mahendran, Devi, Which Came First -- the Chicken or the Egg? (February 7, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2562098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2562098

Anand Manikutty (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

473 Via Ortega
Stanford, CA 94305-9025
United States

Devi Mahendran

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula ( email )

Monterey, CA
United States

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