Theory of the Earth reconsiders the immanent history of the earth from the perspective of the increasingly unstable mobility that de ﬁnes the Anthro-pocene. It thus provides a uniquely movement-oriented or “kinetic” theory of the earth. This methodology has two signiﬁcant consequences. First, by focusing on the movement of the earth, we are able to avoid problematic theories of the earth as an “active,” “generative,” “vital,” “liv-ing,” subject or as a “passive,” “law- driven,” “mechanical,” “dead” object. I ﬁnd it unhelpful to divide, oppose, and choose one side of these binaries against the other.
Matter in motion is the immanent historical condition for both sub-jective and objective dimensions of the earth. There are diﬀerent patterns or regimes of motion, but movement has no historical opposite. There is, strictly speaking, nothing in the universe that is not in motion. Even space and time themselves are products of motion— not the other way around.