Interviews with Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng

Let the Rivers Flow: An interview of Sigmund Kvaløy

By Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar, then editor of Resurgence magazine, asks Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng in 1983 to tell about how he combines being both eco-activist and ecophilosopher. The story of the action against a large river damming in western Norway is extensively told. Setreng also elaborates on the differences between the notions of “complex” (which pertains for example to processes in natural environments) and “complicated” (e.g. the workings of a machine) and his inspiration from Gandhi and philosopher Henri Bergson.

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Getting Our Feet Wet: A Conversation with Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng

By Peter Reed And David Rothenberg

In this lively conversation with Peter Reed and David Rothenberg, Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng talks about a wide variety of themes. The text was first published in 1993. Setreng calls attention to the various potentialities that exist within each and every human being and is interested how these can best be utilized. Some of the other subjects in this interview are the dangers of the (then still nascent) “New Age” movement, the way in which Western civilization has replaced our sense of time with locomotion, or Setreng’s definition of a human being as something that is not limited to the skin. At his farm the cows and sheep are part of his personality.

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Arne Naess

Sigmund Kvaløy Setreng (1934-2014)
Photo: Private collection