Doctor of Philosophy, University of Buffalo

Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics, California State University, East Bay

Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo
Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo, PhD
Division of General Education


"I am inspired by the character of Ashford students who seek learning despite any obstacles that they may have previously encountered."

Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo is a professor in philosophy at Ashford University, heading the business ethics courses in the Humanities & Science department. She also teaches logic and is co-author of the logic book titled With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking. Teaching philosophy is not only a calling for her, she also believes that it is fundamental in a liberal education curriculum such as that provided at Ashford because it empowers students with practical tools of reasoning. “Above all,” she says, “I am inspired by the character of Ashford students who seek learning despite any obstacles that they may have previously encountered.” 

Born and raised in Peru, she left her home by the Pacific coast to pursue university studies in the United States. This pursuit brought her to California then New York. She studied economics at California State University, East Bay, under the supervision of Kurt Leube (a pupil of Friedrich A. Hayek), and philosophy at The University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of John Searle. She then received her doctoral degree in philosophy from the University at Buffalo, specializing in social ontology, ethics, and philosophy of economics. Her doctoral dissertation was directed by Barry Smith and is entitled “A General Theory of Value: Axiology in the Central European Philosophical Tradition.”

The thinkers of greatest influence in her work are Adam Smith, Carl Menger, Friedrich Hayek, Franz Brentano, Edith Stein, Adolf Reinach, Roman Ingarden, and Alexius Meinong. Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo’s present research interests include examinations of the affect in our experiences of value in the moral, aesthetic, and economic realms. Her work draws from the Brentano and Menger Schools of value that emerged in Austria, the aesthetics of the Göttingen Circle scholars, and modern-day neurophenomenology. In addition, Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo has been developing work on the ontology of money and of technological and engineering objects.


“Adam Smith on Sympathy: From Self-Interest to Empathy,” (2014). Propriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam Smith, David F. Hardwick and Leslie Marsh (eds.), Palgrave MacMillan, 136-146

Review of The Spatial Market Process, David Andersson (ed.) (2014). Scienze Regionali (Italian Journal of Regional Science), 13 (2): 135-140

“Community” entry (2013). Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nicholas Capaldi, et al. (eds.), Springer

“Corporate Social Responsibility and Catholicism” entry (2013). Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility, with Kevin Schmiesing (co-author), Nicholas Capadi, et al. (eds.), Springer

“Scholastic Economics: Thomistic Value Theory,” (2012). Readings in Economic Policy series, Rūta Vainienė (ed.), Vilnius, Lithuania: LFMI

“The Emergence of the Mind: Hayek’s Account of Mental Phenomena as a Product of Spontaneous Physical And Social Orders,” (2011). Hayek in Mind: Hayek’s Philosophical Psychology, Special Issue of Advances in Austrian Economics series, Leslie Marsh (ed.), Emerald Group Publishing, 15: 183-198