Professor Axel Honneth received the UCD Ulysses Medal at a special ceremony on June 7, 2016, at the University College Dublin. The UCD Ulysses Medal is the highest honour that University College Dublin can bestow. It was inaugurated in 2005, as part of the university’s sesquicentennial celebrations, to highlight the ‘creative brilliance’ of UCD alumnus James Joyce. It is awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution. Honneth gave a lecture on "Social Freedom, Morality, and Markets"
Previous recipients of the Ulysses Medal include: Hilary Putnam, Jürgen Habermas, Bill Clinton, and Seamus Heaney. On the occasion of the award of the Ulysses Medal to Professor Axel Honneth a conference on "Freedom Today" took place in Dublin. Speakers included: Frederick Neuhouser, Beate Rössler, Regina Kreide, Kevin Olson, Robin Celikates, and Christopher Zurn.