Among many other possibilities, I could kick off with a statement in which a motif can be heard or understood as self-evident, that is, as things in general are understood, a motif that today makes itself heard at the heart of the latent question or open crisis of the ‘ends of man’. Partly by chance, I will take up this statement, for example, from Henri Birault’s recent book, Heidegger and the Experience of Thinking. Birault writes: ‘What indicates the distress of our world is the reiterated appeal [l’appel] to an ethics which might come to exorcise it.’1