Hobbes’s argument for nominalism in the Elements of Law

[Cross-posted from philosophymodsquadwordpress.com.] Hobbes was a nominalist, in that he believed that “there is nothing universal but names” (EL 5.6), so there are neither universal things nor universal ideas. But why did he believe this? In chapter 5 of the Elements of Law, having introduced names, Hobbes distinguishes between universal and singular names: singular names name …