Shimon Peretz

Paper: Lockean children: Ontological differences in the susceptibility to category revision

Five year olds concur with Locke's distinction between Real and Nominal essences: they believe that animal categories are natural kinds defined by their inner substances and thus independently of people's interests, but artifact categories are defined by how people label them.

Shimon Peretz is a psychologist at the Behavioral Sciences Department of the Israeli prison service. He received his BA in The Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology subprogram, Bar-Ilan University, and his PhD in Developmental Psychology from -Ilan University as well.