The purpose of the American Weil Society is to promote scholarly discussion of the thought of Simone Weil, issues important for understanding her thought and issues on which her thought bears, and to promote interest in her thought. It also seeks to provide an organization by which those interested in Simone Weil may have access to each other and each other's work. The Society is a member of the Conference of Philosophical Societies and its annual meetings are listed in the conference calendar of that organization.
The American Weil Society is the American branch of l'Association pour l'étude de la pensée de Simone Weil. Membership fees include membership in both organizations. While the Society functions as a scholarly society, membership is open and welcomes any who are interested and their contributions. Members include philosophers, theologians, literary scholars and French scholars, as well as numerous people in various other professions such as ministers, priests and social services people.
Through the American Weil Society members may subscribe to the quarterly Cahiers Simone Weil, which is published by the French Association. While primarily in French, the journal usually publishes one article per issue in English. Subscriptions are optional, and, like membership fees, run strictly on a calendar year basis.
The American Weil Society also organizes an annual colloquy and has been meeting annually since 1981. This two day colloquy, usually the last weekend in April, is dedicated to the presentation of papers and discussion, and usually centers around a set theme or text, although all timely papers are welcome. The site for the meeting varies, and has included in the past, Princeton, Cambridge, Toronto, Santa Fe, Providence, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The papers from these colloquies are usually made available to interested members at a nominal cost.
In addition, the American Weil Society publishes an occasional newsletter, noting recent publications (and often offering discounts on books), relevant news, and occasional book reviews. Through the office of the president a bibliography of works on Weil in English is also maintained.