the relation between the works of alfred schutz and emile durkheim guides the interest of this article. we are interested in finding the contributions with which durkheim has enlightened schutz intellectual growth. the plan is to read schutz′s texts looking for vestiges of the french author, going from the level of the explicit quotes to the implicit and the potentialities. (first we will see the way in which schutz weighs conceptual schemes; and afterwords makes considerations on group, communication, formation of categories and even of war and inheritance.) furthermore, observations shall be given in order to clarify the common aspects between both authors as well as the gap that separates them. towards the end we will make some suggestions for future readings in which the two thinkers combine and articulate.