The study presents and analyses the works of Andor Sas written in his youth. It categorizes his articles and reviews written before 1918 into five themes: 1. Hegel’s philosophy and its Hungarian implications (e.g. its influence on Imre Madách’s Tragedy of Man); 2. parts of Hungarian philosophy concerning conventional wisdom and the impact of Schelling; 3. German Romanticism; 4. Goethe’s spirituality, his works and the theme of Faust; 5. the cultural struggles of the First World War and the problem of so-called cultural pessimism.