In Psycho-Pass, not only Makishima Shogo but Shinya Kogami were reading certain pieces of literature, but this pieces of literature shaped the series in a sense.

So far what I could see in the series that they were reading is the following:

  1. 1984 - George Orwell
  2. A Revolution Sabotaged Before it Began - Yasumi Iwakura
  3. Swann's Way - Marcel Proust
  4. Holy Bible

I know they have other references and books shown in the series, I have read some of these but I'm curious about.

What are other books/pieces of literature that are read/mentioned/seen?

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    In addition to the two posts above: In episode 17, there is also a book by Marquis de Sade. It's not possible to read the title, but given the length of it, I'd say it's probably "Justine, or the Misfortunes of Virtue"
    – user1907
    Jun 16, 2013 at 16:53
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    Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucoult
    – user2405
    Sep 19, 2013 at 14:20
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    There's also "Saraba, Eiga Yo".
    – user3562
    Feb 1, 2014 at 16:03

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I might be missing a few referenced, but from what I can recall from skimming through the series again (in no particular order):

As mentioned before by others:

Certain movies are referenced as well:

In Psycho-Pass: The Movie:

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    swann's way - Marcel Proust (at the very end of the 1st season)
    – user2838
    Dec 2, 2013 at 0:24
  • Thanks so much! sorry i just came back so late /workkillsme
    – Darkana
    Mar 19, 2014 at 6:19
  • After reading Genocidal Organ from Project Itoh, I can say it develops how Makishima Shogo might have convinced people to start their killing spree.
    – GwenM
    Jul 25, 2016 at 16:21

From this AMV, some other real-life books that could be recognized on the bookshelves:

The Japanese-titled books are related to farming/agricultural technology. Instead of real-life books, these are more specific to Psycho-Pass universe regarding the advancement in those technologies:

  • センターピボットがもたらす農業改革[...] ([...] Agricultural Reform Caused by Center Pivot)
  • [...]組み換え植物の極?を?[...] ([...] a Recombinant Plant [...])
  • 最強の農業ドローンシステム (The Strongest Agricultural Drone System)
  • 総合防除と生物農業の干?[...] ([...] Integrated Pest Control and Biological Agriculture)
  • [...]ウィルス拡散の脅威 (Threat of [...] virus spread)
  • ウカノミタマ (Uka-no-Mitama)
  • 無敵の盾 (Invincible shield)
  • [...]品目による自給体制のリ[...] ([...] Self-sufficiency System with Items [...])
  • [...]与える農薬の影響 ([...] Influence of Pesticide Given)
  • ハイパーオーツは人類を賄う (Hyper-oats Maintain Humanity)
  • Would very appreciate if someone could mention in which episode this specific scene on AMV is taken from.
    – Aki Tanaka
    Jul 8, 2018 at 14:33

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