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Dr. Morton Winston | Founders' Committee (In Memoriam)

Dr. Morton Winston was a Professor of Philosophy and Chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at The College of New Jersey. His areas of specialization included human rights theory, applied ethics, cognitive science, and philosophy of technology. Dr. Winston published several books, including Explanation in Linguistics (1982), The Philosophy of Human Rights (1989), Society, Ethics, and Technology (2000, 2003, 2006, 2008), and On Chomsky (2001). He contributed numerous articles on topics related to human rights, biomedical ethics, cognitive science, and the philosophy of technology to a variety of publications.

Dr. Winston held visiting fellowships at the University of Delaware's Center for the Study of Values and at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received three Fulbright Scholarships to South Africa in 1992, to Thailand in 1999–2000, and to serve as the Danish Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and International Relations at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen in 2007.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Winston pursued a parallel career as a human rights activist. From 1985 to 1991 he served as Director of the South Africa Coordination Group of Amnesty International USA. He was elected to AIUSA's national Board of Directors in 1991, and served as Treasurer (1994–1995) and as Chair of the Board (1995–1997). Dr. Winston was named Honorary Chair of AIUSA in 2003 and was a member of Social Accountability International's Advisory Board of from 1999 to 2011.

Dr. Winston attended Swarthmore College, graduating with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa (1970). He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he completed an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology (1972) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (1978). 

Dr. Winston died suddenly in January 2017 while on vacation in Peru. He is survived by his wife, Sally, and their three daughters.