Placide Tempels

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Placide Tempels
Born Frans Tempels
(1906-02-18)18 February 1906
Berlaar, Belgium
Died 9 October 1977(1977-10-09) (aged 71)
Berlaar, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Occupation missionary, writer

Placide Frans Tempels (18 February 1906 – 9 October 1977) was a Belgian Franciscan missionary in the Congo who became famous for his book Bantu Philosophy.


Tempels was born in Berlaar, Belgium. Born Frans Tempels, he took the name "Placide" on his entry into a Franciscan seminary in 1924. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1930 he taught for a short time in Belgium before being posted to the Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1933. He stayed there for twenty-nine years, broken by only two short stays back in Belgium. In April 1962 he returned to live in a Franciscan monastery in Berlaar, where he died in 1977.

Bantu Philosophy[edit]

Main article: Bantu Philosophy

Though neither African nor a philosopher, Tempels had a huge influence on African philosophy through the publication in 1945 of his book La philosophie bantoue (published in English translation in 1959) as Bantu Philosophy).

External links[edit]

  • Placide Tempels — Website in French (with option of English navigation); includes the full text of Bantu Philosophy, plus on-line critical readings