The Way of G-d / Derech Hashem is a major respected work by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
Sam is using the version translated and annotated by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan in these classes.

The Seven Principles of Faith for the Righteous Gentile

To date, the image of Noah’s dove and the rainbow, the sign of G-d’s covenant with mankind, serve as the universal symbols for the peace and brotherhood that we all yearn for. According to Maimonides, the one commandment that was given to Noah, in addition to the six that had previously been given to Adam, is the prohibition against eating a limb from a living animal. The final article of faith in the ultimately good destiny awaiting mankind is the mystical stipulation of this commandment for the righteous gentile. Though the commandment does not prohibit the consumption of animals entirely, it does preclude treating them with cruelty and causing them pain, thus foreshadowing a positive ecological vision of mankind as it will be in a more rectified future. In the Bible, the salvation of man is tied directly with the salvation of animals: “Man and animal shall You save, O’ G-d.” The prohibition against eating the flesh of a living animal thus encourages our faith in the rectified and good future awaiting all of creation, as one.

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