1. Intellectual history situates texts with intellectual content into their contexts.
2. Intellectual history is indistinct from cultural history, because the context of all texts includes the cultural context in which they were produced and find their meaning.
3. Intellectual history has strong ties to social history, because culture is always a product of a group, so the context of a text will always be situated in the group out of which it grew.
4. Intellectual history moves through these expanded circles of context in search of the most expansive sense of meaning and consequence for an idea.
5. Intellectual history utilizes narratives, because the meaning and consequence of ideas only unfold through time.
6. All good history has elements of intellectual history.