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In all of these statements on slavery we see ancient philosophers sophistically rationalizing what they had to in order to justify the existence of slavery, that is, insisting that those enslaved were inferior to their masters above all in terms of reason and that they were so by nature, not circumstance.
Sonnet 85, for instance, opposes a "true spirit" and authentic voice avant la lettre--qualities of the "un-lettered" speaker--to the sophistically "refined" pens of rival poets, but the poet's voice, ironically, is reduced to echoes of "Amen.
Mill believed that the "gravest" offense in discussion was "to argue sophistically, to suppress facts or arguments, to misstate the elements of the case, or to misrepresent the opposite opinion" ([1859] 1975, 51).