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


“Philosophy empowers students with practical tools of reasoning that help them lead better lives.”

Dr. Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo is Lead Faculty in Business Ethics and a professor of philosophy in the Humanities & Science department that is part of the Division of General Education at Ashford University. She also teaches ethics and logic courses, and recently co-authored the book titled With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking that is currently employed in the introductory course in logic for undergraduates. Teaching philosophy is not only Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo's calling, but she also believes that philosophy is a necessary component of a liberal education curriculum such as that provided as Ashford. “Philosophy,” Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo asserts, “empowers students with practical tools of reasoning that help them lead better lives.”

Born and raised in Peru, Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo left her home by the Pacific coast after graduating high school to pursue university studies in the United States. This pursuit brought her to California first, and then to New York. She studied economics at California State University, East Bay, under the supervision of Kurt Leube (a pupil of Nobel Laureate Friedrich A. von Hayek), and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of John Searle. Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo then received her doctoral degree in philosophy from the University at Buffalo, specializing in value theory and philosophy of economics. Her doctoral dissertation was directed by Barry Smith and it is titled “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, business, and technological objects.


“Phenomenological Ontology: Stein’s Third Way,” (2015). Intersubjectivity, Humanity, Being: Edith Stein’s Phenomenology and Christian Philosoph, Mette Lebech, et al (eds.), Peter Lang, 139-168

“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

“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