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Professor Paul Ernest

Emeritus Professor



My academic starting point is reflections about mathematics; mathematics in education, society and its philosophical significance. I'm also committed to a critical way of exploring mathematics, pedagogy and society. I have always loved exploring new ideas and the last decade has taken me into semiotics, ethics, globalisation, critical mathematics education, sociology, ontology and other areas a little way from maths. I'm committed to interpreting mathematics, education, and all knowledge as materially based social practices /  social constructions. Outside of work I'm interested in cinema, literature (finally finished Proust, Knausgaard's memoirs), food and wine, the gym, scuba diving (especially diving with sharks), travel, music (from Dufay to Dylan), family and friends.


  • BSc in Mathematics and Logic (2i Hons.), Sussex University
  • MSc in Mathematics (Distinction), London University
  • Teacher Qualification (No. 76/14571), Department of Education and Science
  • PhD in Philosophy of Mathematics, London University


  • Emeritus Professor of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education, University of Exeter, since 2005
  • Visiting Research Professor, Brunel University, London
  • Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education, Hope University, Liverpool
  • Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Visiting Professor of Mathematics Education, University College of Trondheim (HiST), Trondheim, Norway
  • Professor of the Philosophy of Mathematics Education, from 1998 (full professor) University of Exeter. First appointed to University of Exeter 1984
  • Lecturer in Education, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Lecturer II in Mathematics, Bedford College of Higher Education, Bedford
  • Lecturer II in Mathematics, Homerton College, Cambridge
  • Teacher of Mathematics, Hampstead Comprehensive School, London


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External Engagement and Impact

Journal and book series Editorships and Editorial board membership

Founder and editor of Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal since 1990. Freely available at


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