Тhe name of Konstantin Fotinov (1785-1858) is quite often associated with the beginning of Bulgarian periodicals. Interestingly, this man, born 230 years ago, has professed values, ​​ connected with the idea of ​​the modern entrepreneur.

Fotinov taught in his hometown, and then continued his study in Plovdiv in the Central Hellenic school where he taught Greek, foreign languages, arithmetic and conduct of the modern double-entry bookkeeping. In 1825 Fotinov settled in Izmir, where he engaged in trade of timber and food. As time went by, it gradually occurred an increase in the role of the book as an object of commerce for Fotinov, who was also working as a teacher. He taught Greek and Bulgarian in private school with 200 children  from all over Bulgaria. Fotinov also taught Bulgarian, Greek, music, metaphysics, history and geography. 

Promoting European civilization mode

Among the main ideas that promotes Fotinov, is the choice of European civilization model. In his writings, he continually meet the terms that we must learn from "The Enlightened Europe" that follows the example of "The Work-loving Europe." Fotinov describes the developed European cities that thrive knowledge, trade and industry, considered as a key factor for the development of society. He also provides detailed information on universities and particular attention given to libraries. 

Fotinov has enormous merit of his works involved in the construction of modern moral code. He lived in an era in which the release of the Bulgarian society from the state of stagnation necessitates literature codifying ethical standards of the new era. Therefore, it makes translation of the works of the representatives of the American devotion eminent thinkers and politicians Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790 years) and Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826 years), published in the journal "Lyuboslovie" in 1846. They suggest that the new man needs to be educated, freedom-loving, tolerant, system, hardworking and honest - values ​​which are perfectly in tune with the norms of the Protestant ethic. Principles enunciated by Franklin and Jefferson, meet the requirements of a new system of values ​​and elevate the norm views of the man rushing to the realization in the field of new relations of production. Especially important for the modern era is the new attitude towards work that needs to be systematic, precise and individual. Main message of the texts of Franklin is directed to the formation of the spirit of individualizam to replace the medieval consciousness collectivism and corporacy.

 In July 1858 -a month before his death, Fotinov wrote in a letter to the trader Tupchileshtov stating that: " this round world says: Warth or me well, or abolish me from rolling." These words express Fotinov''s practice, the credo of his life, which is to live and work with the full awareness of the urgency of the task, to be constantly up to date - an essential element of this entry in sync with the rhythm of the changing time of redevelopment the mentality of the people who make them enterprising and proactive.


Sourse: The text is an adaptation of Nadya Danova's speech about Konstantin Fotinov 

Everyone thinks. It is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or downright prejudiced. Yet, the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought.

Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.

A well-cultivated critical thinker:

  • Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely
  • Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively
  • Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards
  • Thinks openmindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences
  • Communicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems

An interesting fact is that mentions of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009, according to an analysis by career-search site The site, which combs job ads from several sources, found last week that more than 21,000 health-care and 6,700 management postings contained some reference to the skill.  “It’s one of those words—like diversity was, like big data is—where everyone talks about it but there are 50 different ways to define it,” says Dan Black, Americas director of recruiting at the accounting firm and consultancy EY.

There is no magic in these applying this practice. In short, it is important that you understand that it is a sampling of all the possible ways in which the mind can work to discipline itself, to think at a higher level of quality, to function better in the world.





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