Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Full-Time Faculty

Vincent J. Samar, PhD, JD

Title/s:  Lecturer

Phone: 773.508.2743


External Webpage: http://vsamar.sites.luc.edu


Vincent Samar is Adjunct Professor at Loyola University. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School, where he studied under Martha Minow, his JD/MPA from Syracuse University, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Alan Gewirth (Philosophy), Russell Hardin (Philosophy and Political Science), and Cass Sunstein (Law and Political Science). His areas of specialization are philosophy of law, political philosophy and ethics, international law, although he has also taught courses in logic, introduction to philosophy, introduction to law, society, and classical modern: Descartes, Locke, Hume, and Kant.

Samar has published two books, Justifying Judgment: Practicing Law and Philosophy (University of Kansas Press, 1998) and The Right to Privacy: Gays, Lesbians and the Constitution (Temple University Press, 1991), as well as more than twenty articles in various journals and in other books. He is currently working on topics in philosophy of law, human rights, and international law. See his personal webpage at http://vsamar.sites.luc.edu.


  • Harvard Law School
  • University of Chicago
  • Syracuse University

Research Interests

Philosophy of law, ethics, social and political philosophy