In the second in a series of evening talks presented by the Camden Philosophical Society this spring and summer, John Zavodny, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Unity College, will ask whether searching for the truth is really the best way for those with philosophical training and disposition to use their time.

His partly autobiographical talk on “Life After Philosophy: Edification, Imagination, and Advocacy,” will be in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library on Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. The talk will be followed by a discussion period with the audience.

In his 1989 book “Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity,” Richard Rorty suggested that there are more interesting things to do with philosophers than to argue with them. A college administrator, humanities activist and community organizer– as well as a teacher of philosophy — Zavodny will work through what it might mean to take seriously Rorty’s challenge for philosophers to give up the search for truth in favor of living a more helpful and constructive life.

Zavodny received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee in 1997 and arrived at Unity in 2000. He is the incoming director of Unity College’s Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities, and has taught courses on subjects ranging from Introduction to Philosophy, to Eastern Philosophy, to Old Time Music, Song Writing and courses in the Unity Environmental Stewardship Core Curriculum.

He is founder of the Maine Community Music Project and host/producer of “Mid-Coast Currents,” a public affairs program that airs live from 10 to 11 a.m. on the third Friday of every month on WERU Community Radio where he is also a board member. In addition, Zavodny is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist in Dog Wants Out, a music project dedicated to supporting local agriculture.

The third in the series of talks will be Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m., by local jeweler and sculptor Michael Good on “Dissipative Structures — Non-Definitive Forms.”

These talks will be followed on July 23 by the Camden Philosophical Society’ annual full-day conference on Experimental Philosophy: Out of the Armchair — into the Lab, featuring well known experimental philosophy innovator Joshua Knobe of Yale; Thalia Wheatley, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth with a philosophical bent; and Dan Cohen former chair of the Philosophy Department at Colby College. It will be at St. Thomas’ church hall in central Camden from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.