We have seen that the primary function of exoteric texts is to serveas intellectual stepping-stones that bridge the gulf between receivedopinions and esoteric truth. Leibniz utilizes a wide range ofstrategies in his exoteric works, some of which we have alreadydiscussed. Several additional strategies deserve mention aswell. Let us begin by returning to Leibniz's remarks on thedistinction between esoteric and exoteric modes of presentation in the1670 Preface to Nizolius:


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