Axel Rudolphi: “In a Tentacled Neighbor’s Garden”

Screenshot from My Octopus Teacher (A Netflix Original Documentary, 2020)

If Derrida’s decisive experience of being under the gaze of a cat—or more precisely, his own “little pussycat,” in his own bathroom—left him with an unprecedented propulsion to “think through this absolute alterity of the neighbor” (2002, 380), one may wonder what further philosophical impetus would have come out of an encounter like the one that the South African filmmaker Craig Foster had with a certain octopus(sy) in his own coastal backyard.

Axel Rudolphi writes about vulnerability, justice and the octopus in the latest issue of Differens Magazine. Read the article here: