The problem with Ayn Rand? She isn't a philosopher

Why is it that people say Ayn Rand isn't a "real" philosopher? 

I have been asked, both online and in person, about why I haven’t listed Ayn Rand on any of the lists of philosophers you should know. This is the answer: Ayn Rand’s philosophical work is not taken seriously by academia because it isn’t very good, and I was focusing on philosophers you need to know.

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