Agnoli grew up in Belluno , northern Italy. As a pupil, he became an admirer of Benito Mussolini 's fascism and a member of the fascist youth organization, because this was considered a type of rebellion or non-bourgeois behavior. Graduating from school in , he then volunteered for the Wehrmacht , the German military, and was sent to Yugoslavia to combat Partisans. In the re-educational classes, he aided in the philosophy course using Wilhelm Windelband 's History of Philosophy thus also learning German. Naturalized as a German in , Agnoli did his doctorate in political science about Giambattista Vico 's philosophy of law under the supervision of Eduard Spranger.
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In early , the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung was donated the private library of the scholar Johannes Agnoli — The library of Johannes Agnoli is certainly an invaluable resource for researchers wishing to study his work, since many of the books contain potentially significant notes, markings, bookmarks, etc.
One of the peculiarities of this library is that for some multi-volume works, Agnoli would only purchase the specific volumes which he considered relevant for his area of expertise. The Johannes Agnoli Library contains about 1, books and pamphlets.
It represents a unique collection of literature on the theory and philosophy of the state, covering the entire spectrum of ideas about the state. It ranges from fascist views, to bourgeois-liberal or bourgeois-democratic, to Marxist, Leninist, and Stalinist positions, as well as the anarchist rejection of any state. An interested researcher will find various reference sources, as well as a large number of individual publications on the subject.
Niccolo Machiavelli, who introduced the term "state" as a political category, is included in the collection with The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca , while Jean Bodin, who developed the theory of the sovereign state, is featured with his work Six Books on the State.
The library also features representatives of the Enlightenment, such as Immanuel Kant, of whom there is a six-volume edition, and Johann Gottlieb Fichte, of whom Agnoli purchased six volumes of the Selected Works.
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Johannes Agnoli Library
Agnoli, Johannes Overview. Publication Timeline. Most widely held works about Johannes Agnoli. Most widely held works by Johannes Agnoli. Die Transformation der Demokratie by Johannes Agnoli Book 53 editions published between and in 3 languages and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide.