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    The Institute for the Quaternary Evolution in Shakespearean Thought
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    PRESS RELEASE 16 April 2023

    Announcing the inauguration of Quaternary Intermedia

        Quaternary Intermedia, launched in late 2022, is the publicity arm of the Quaternary Institute (2000) and Quaternary Imprint (2005). The Quaternary Institute, Quaternary Imprint and Quaternary Intermedia are based in the countryside near Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand.

        The role of Quaternary Intermedia is to publicise the plethora of unprecedented Quaternary investigations and insights by way of print and digital media for a post-Tertiary or Quaternary level of education and practice. The Quaternary program is commensurate with the previously unrecognised nature-based philosophy William Shakespeare articulates consistently and comprehensively in his 1609 Sonnets as the philosophic grounds for his 1623 Folio of thirty-six plays and his four longer poems.

        The works of Shakespeare provide the inaugural resource for the Quaternary because only his works, and particularly the Sonnets, are capable of providing the sound philosophic and deeply evocative expression required to institute a Quaternary program and sensibility. A few thinkers who can be considered proto-quaternary have made specialised contributions toward such a sensibility but the philosophic achievement of their work has been limited to one or other facet of the complete nature-based philosophy available in Shakespeare's Sonnets, plays and poems.

        The Quaternary Institute, Quaternary Imprint and Quaternary Intermedia Webpages establish a level of tuition in the Quaternary sensibility appropriate for a global constituency. The resources available on the Quaternary Institute Website, the publications from Quaternary Imprint and the presentations through Quaternary Intermedia formulate the conditions for a Quaternary level of learning as a natural step up for those, particularly doctoral graduates and professors, who realise they have reached the limit of Tertiary methodology.

        The Quaternary Intermedia Webpages features Newspaper and Magazine Articles from 1972 to 2022, alongside Photographs and Videos of Artworks from the same period. Beginning in September 2022, and coinciding with the launch of Quaternary Intermedia, the QI Newsletter will present regular Interviews with Roger Peters by Journalist Bryan Vickery. The Interviews will cover both background material that led to the discovery of Shakespeare's nature-based Sonnet philosophy and then more detailed considerations of the consistency and comprehensiveness of the natural givens evident in his plays and poems that epitomise the philosophy.

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    PRESS RELEASE 16 May 2022

    Announcing the publication of Play Commentaries to William Shakespeare's 1623 Folio

        Quaternary Imprint, in association with The Quaternary Institute, announces the publication in May 2022 of Play Commentaries to William Shakespeare's 1623 Folio by Roger Peters.

        Available on order in a Premier Boutique Handbound Hardback Edition, the Super A3, 924-page volume presents an 800,000-word commentary in balloon-style format around a facsimile of the 1623 Folio edition of William Shakespeare's thirty-six plays.

        For those who would prefer to read the Commentaries online, the full 924-page Edition of Play Commentaries to William Shakespeare's 1623 Folio is now available on the Quaternary Institute/Quaternary Imprint Website.

        On the Website, the pages of each play are presented as scroll-down sets of online images with all the plays interlinked as well as acknowledging the 1623 Folio division of the thirty-six plays into three parts featuring fourteen Comedies, ten Histories and twelve Tragedies, respectively.

        Play Commentaries to William Shakespeare's 1623 Folio applies Shakespeare's uniquely consistent and comprehensive nature-based philosophy he articulates and structures into his 1609 edition of Shake-speares Sonnets to all thirty-six plays.

        Shakespeare's nature-based philosophy is evident from the Prefatory comments and contributions with which the editors Heminge and Condell introduce the 1623 Folio, then through the fourteen female-based Comedies as celebrations of natural priorities, and on through the ten Histories and twelve Tragedies as critiques of male-base psychopathic prejudices and excesses.

        Twelve years after the publication by Quaternary Imprint in 2005 of William Shakespeare's Sonnet Philosophy as a 1760-page slipcase set of four Volumes, Quaternary Imprint has published through Ingram's Online Print the 345-page Shakespeare's Global Philosophy (2017), the 90-page Shakespeare & Mature Love (2017) and the 180-page Shakespeare's Philosophy Illustrated (2018).

        Quaternary Imprint has also reissued from 2018 to 2020 the four Volumes of William Shakespeare's Sonnet Philosophy (2005) - with perfunctory emendations - as four individual books as both hardback and paperback through Ingram's Online Print.

        The publication in 2022 of Play Commentaries to William Shakespeare's 1623 Folio, completes in large part the over 25-year program of exploring, explaining and publicising Shakespeare's ground-breaking but 400-year unappreciated nature-based female-validating philosophy first noticed in 1995 during a reading of the full set of the 1609 Sonnets.

        The Quaternary Institute is now backgrounding the artistic and philosophical insights and investigations from the forty years prior to 1995 that enabled the breakthrough into appreciating and understanding Shakespeare's unprecedentedly consistent and comprehensive nature-based philosophy.

        The first move in the recovery program is a display of twenty-eight artworks begun in the 1970s and then, after a span of fifty years, completed in the 2020s with an exhibition titled Songs of the Earth (1972 to 2021) by Roger Peters shown in Pihama in Coastal Taranaki, New Zealand. A Catalogue of the same name is now available through Ingram's Online Print at the Book Depository and other outlets.

        Upcoming is an exhibition and display of a number of the artworks from Songs of the Earth (1972 to 2021) along with a complete array of texts and images exploring and explaining the Quaternary level of understanding and education required to appreciate Shakespeare's incredible achievement.

        From investigation, to publication, to exhibition, to publicity, The Quaternary Institute in hand with Quaternary Imprint offers a unique level of advanced learning and expression for a nature conscious and female validating constituency for all sexes and genders.

    PRESS RELEASE 28 February 2017


    Announcing the publication of three books for the Quaternary Institute.

        Quaternary Imprint, in association with The Quaternary Institute, announces the publication in March 2017 of Shakespeare's Global Philosophy by Roger Peters.

        Available in hardback, softback and e-book formats, the 345-page volume presents in summary form William Shakespeare's uniquely consistent and comprehensive nature-based philosophy.

        Shakespeare's Global Philosophy follows the four-volume 1760-page slipcase set William Shakespeare's Sonnet Philosophy published in 2005. WSSP presented in considerable detail the various aspects and ramifications of Shakespeare's philosophy for a modern nature-orientated constituency.

        Shakespeare's Global Philosophy benefits from a further twelve years of investigation into the Sonnet philosophy, the 1623 Folio of plays and Shakespeare's connection to the Globe Theatre. The new insights do not deviate from earlier presentations of Shakespeare's consistent and comprehensive understanding of human thought and emotions. Rather they confirm and enhance them.

            Part 1 explores the evidence for Shakespeare's philosophy in the 1609 Sonnets. However, it also expands on issues such as the maturity of love Shakespeare discusses and evokes in the 154 sonnets, it explains in more detail his understanding of truth and beauty, and highlights the significance of the etymology and logic of the word nature.

            Part 2 shows how the Sonnet philosophy is the basis for all thirty-six plays in the Folio whereas Volume 3 of WSSP discussed only five plays and the four longer poems. Consequently, Part 2 also provides more nuanced insights into all thirty-six plays and the early poems of 1593/4.

            In Part 3, Shakespeare's Global Philosophy looks at the implications of the Globe Theatre for the burgeoning nature and global consciousness of Shakespeare's day and its relevance for the twenty-first century.

            Shakespeare's Global Philosophy incorporates a facsimile of the 80-page 1609 edition of Shakes-speares Sonnets (sic) and includes an index.

        Quaternary Imprint will release further volumes this year. In preparation are Shakespeare and Mature Love and Shakespeare's Philosophy: Pictorial Volume.

        Shakespeare and Mature Love is a 90-page volume that develops the insights into the depth and maturity of love Shakespeare argues for in the Sonnets and gives robust expression to in some of the Comedies. Quaternary Imprint will release the book mid-year 2017 in hardback, softback and e-book formats.

        Shakespeare's Philosophy: Pictorial Volume is a 180-page volume in full colour A4 format presenting in four Parts illustrative material as teaching aids for a Quaternary level of learning. The book will appear later in 2017.

            Part 1 features balloon-style commentaries around facsimile pages of the 1609 edition of Shakes-speares Sonnets. Intended for screen presentation, the commentaries identify philosophic issues on each of the 69 pages of the 1609 edition and the 11 pages of its companion poem A Lover's Complaint.

            Part 2 features fifty coloured charts and diagrams detailing various aspects of the Sonnet philosophy, its relation to the plays and its implications for philosophy in general.

            Part 3 considers a number of seminal art works with captions top and bottom to illustrate the level of mythic expression evident in Marcel Duchamp's two major works and on which Shakespeare's bases his complete oeuvre.

            Part 4 presents an essay discussing in detail the thesis of Part 3. The singular achievement of Leonardo di Vinci's Mona Lisa is a benchmark for the achievement of Duchamp and the much greater and deeper insights of Shakespeare.

        Also to be released by Quaternary Imprint early in 2018, are a full set of plays commentaries matching the sonnet commentaries in the Pictorial Volume. In an A3 format, the publications feature balloon-style comments around a facsimile of the thirty-six plays from the 1623 Folio.

        Further information on the Quaternary Imprint publication program over the next two years and discussion of aspects of Shakespeare's nature-based philosophy are available throughout the Quaternary Institute/Quaternary Imprint website.

    PRESS RELEASE 29 February 2012

    Announcing the establishment of the Quaternary Institute for advanced education.

        The Quaternary Institute is the precursor to a level of learning in advance of existing forms of education.

        This press release highlights the relation of Quaternary to other levels of education and gives a brief resume of the Quaternary program.

        The Quaternary offers a global standard of philosophic consistency and comprehensiveness not available in Tertiary institutions worldwide.

        Effectively, the existing levels of education, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary, prepare the ground for Quaternary. Only by demonstrating competency in Primary and Secondary and then self-evaluating out of Tertiary can a person advance in the Quaternary program.

        In general terms, Primary education provides skills in literacy, numeracy and expression. Secondary education provides competency in facts, fictions and art. Tertiary education relates competing facts and fictions, but distorted by outdated myths. Quaternary education explores the philosophic relationship between nature, the human mind and the logic of any mythic expression.

        It is worth remembering Tertiary was founded in the 1100s in cities like Bologna and Paris. These were Catholic universities whose controlling paradigm was Christian and whose philosophical mission was to demonstrate the validity of biblical myth.

        The insurmountable problem for Tertiary was the unsoundness of equating the mind-based male-based biblical-God to nature or elevating 'God' over nature. Symptomatic was the frequent recourse to the syllogistic constructs of validity devised by the Greeks.

        By the time of the Enlightenment, the project had floundered. Without an understanding of the natural logic of myth, scepticism became the default Tertiary mind-set.

        Modern-day Tertiary is still constrained in a post-modern philosophical cul-de-sac. Instead of providing a global philosophic basis for life and learning, it has become primarily a recourse for vocational training, just as Secondary was half a century ago.

        The distinction between Tertiary and Quaternary is appropriately philosophical. Tertiary was founded on unsound philosophy (read psychology) of mind-based male-based beliefs and remains in a psychological post-modern dilemma 1000 years later.

        Quaternary is founded in a sound nature-based philosophy for a global sensibility that overarches the psychology of Tertiary. Consequently, it recognises and articulates the logical relationship between nature and the constructs of the human mind at the level of myth. Quaternary accepts the default status of the female in relation to the offshoot status of the male in nature as constitutional of both humankind's natural prospects and the full cognitive and affective functions of the human mind.

        A few genuinely proto-Quaternary minds (such as Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man, Ludwig Wittgenstein in his later philosophy, and the art of Marcel Duchamp) still prove difficult for Tertiary to comprehend and assimilate.

        However, it is the recently discovered nature-based philosophy of Shakespeare that allows a shift from Tertiary to Quaternary. No one previously in Tertiary has broken through to appreciate the brilliant, sound and comprehensive philosophy Shakespeare articulates in his Sonnets for all his plays and poems for a global sensibility.

        The breakthrough into Shakespeare's philosophy by the foundation director of Quaternary Institute in 1995 and its unfolding over the last fifteen years means it is now possible to establish a level of learning that matures the psychological dependency in Tertiary.

        Shakespeare's nature-based philosophy acknowledges the default status of female to male and recognises the sexual dynamic as constitutional of ethics and aesthetics for any mind-based activity. Shakespeare's plays and poems present the logical conditions for any mythic expression including the biblical. By exhibiting both a sound philosophy and a literary expression at the mythic level, Shakespeare maps the ground for the Quaternary.

        No one else in history comes near Shakespeare's achievement. In politics, Thomas Jefferson divorces Church from State, in science Darwin demonstrates the priority of body over mind, in the philosophy of language Wittgenstein recognises nature as basic, in art Duchamp presents the logic of any mythic expression. It is Shakespeare though who combines all these into a sound nature-based philosophy of global inclusiveness with great explanatory power.

        Shakespeare's works (backed by the proto-Quaternary contributions of the others) are the foundation documents for Quaternary. The four-volume set William Shakespeare's Sonnet Philosophy (2005) begins the process of unpacking the relationships. Forthcoming volumes will act as teaching aids.

        The Quaternary Institute was established informally in 2000 and its website has promoted the appropriate level of intellectuality and expression. This formal announcement nails to the door the prospect of a natural adventure in the human mind for global expectations in advanced learning.

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