Jan Albert van Laar

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jan Albert van Laar plays a role.


In this chapter, we analyse how politicians and experts from Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain involved in the Covid-19 crisis construct self-reference on Twitter (currently X), combining linguistic approaches to person reference and argumentation theory. On the one hand, we show that uses are… read more
Krabbe, Erik C.W. and Jan Albert van Laar 2021 Be reasonable!: How to be an optimist in the ‘Age of Unreason’Journal of Argumentation in Context 10:2, pp. 226–244 | Article
Are we living in an age of unreason? And what to do about it? Can we combat unreason? We discuss situations in which one may presume to be confronted with unreasonable behavior by an interlocutor: fallacies, changing rules of the game, shifting to some other type of dialogue, and abandonment of… read more
Laar, Jan Albert van and Erik C.W. Krabbe 2019 Criticism and justification of negotiated compromises: The 2015 Paris Agreement in Dutch parliamentEnvironmental Argumentation, Lewiński, Marcin and Mehmet Ali Üzelgün (eds.), pp. 91–111 | Article
The paper focuses on conflicts about an already negotiated compromise, taking as its example a debate in Dutch parliament about the approval of the Paris Agreement on climate change of 2015. It deals with a variety of worries that opponents of approval may advance and the arguments in its defense… read more
Laar, Jan Albert van 2017 Chapter 2. Connection premises: Their character, criticism, and defenceArgumentation across Communities of Practice: Multi-disciplinary perspectives, Ilie, Cornelia and Giuliana Garzone (eds.), pp. 39–56 | Chapter
By presenting an argument, a proponent commits himself or herself to the adequacy of the connection between the argument’s premises and its conclusion. What is this connection, and when is it adequate? I deal with these questions by using insights and techniques from dialectical approaches to… read more
Laar, Jan Albert van and Erik C.W. Krabbe 2016 Fair and unfair strategies in public controversiesJournal of Argumentation in Context 5:3, pp. 315–347 | Article
Contemporary theory of argumentation offers many insights about the ways in which, in the context of a public controversy, arguers should ideally present their arguments and criticize those of their opponents. We also know that in practice not all works out according to the ideal patterns: numerous… read more
Laar, Jan Albert van and David M. Godden 2011 The pragma-dialectical approach to circularity in argumentationKeeping in touch with Pragma-Dialectics: In honor of Frans H. van Eemeren, Feteris, Eveline T., Bart Garssen and Francisca Snoeck Henkemans (eds.), pp. 265–280 | Article
Laar, Jan Albert van 2008 Pragmatic inconsistency and credibilityControversy and Confrontation: Relating controversy analysis with argumentation theory, Eemeren, Frans H. van and Bart Garssen (eds.), pp. 163–179 | Article