Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo

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

Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo, PhD



Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo is Associate Professor in the philosophy program of the Humanities & Science Department, which is part of the Division of General Education. Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo holds a Ph.D. in philosophy, a Master’s in economics (ABT), and a Bachelor’s degree in business and economics. Her areas of specialization are business ethics, philosophy of economics, and social ontology.

She is the lead faculty for the business ethics courses at the university. In addition to business ethics, she has also taught a variety of ethics courses, as well as courses in introduction to philosophy, and informal logic. Recently, she co-authored a textbook in logic that is currently employed in all the informal logic courses at the university. Philosophy is not only a calling for her, she also believes that philosophy is a necessary component of a liberal education curriculum such as that provided as Ashford. “Philosophy,” she explains, “empowers students with practical tools of reasoning that help them lead better lives.”

Her research interests draw from the Franz Brentano and Carl Menger schools of value that emerged in Austria, the ontology, aesthetics and examinations of the affect by the Göttingen Circle scholars, and modern-day neurophenomenology. 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. In addition, Dr. Zúñiga y Postigo has been developing economics, business, and technology ontologies—e.g., ontology of money, ontology of value creation, ontology of corporate social responsibility, ontology of knowledge representation systems for social phenomena.

Selected Publications:

“Basic Formal Ontology and the Social World,” (accepted 2016). The Journal of Mind and Behavior, in production

“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

With Good Reason: A Guide to Critical Thinking, (2015). Informal logic textbook with James Hardy and Christopher Foster (co-authors), Constellation, Ashford University Press

“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


Doctor of Philosophy University at Buffalo Buffalo
New York
Master of Arts in Economics (ABT)
California State University, East Bay Hayward, California
Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics
California State University, East Bay Hayward, California

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