Do we have moral obligations to animals? To trees? To ecosystems? If so, what grounds these moral obligations? What role does appreciation for nature play in a morally good life? Do we have a duty to preserve the environment for future generations? In this class, we will look at various approaches and answers to these questions. Students will be encouraged to discuss, question, and defend their own views on these topics. Students will also develop skills in argument analysis, critical reading, and thesis-driven writing.